Yesha Callahan

No Indictments in Sandra Bland Case

150721165002-sandra-bland-sister-tapper-intv-lead-00034525-large-169After only eight hours on Monday, a grand jury decided not to indict anyone in the case of Sandra Bland.

“After reviewing all the evidence in the death of Sandra Bland, a Waller grand jury did not return an indictment in the death of Bland, nor were any indictments returned against any employee of the Waller County Jail,” said Darrell Jordan, a special prosecutor handling the case.

In July, 28-year-old Bland, was found dead in her cell 3 days after being arrested after a traffic stop. According to police officers in Waller County, TX, Bland hung herself, but her family isn’t buying it.

“We are not going to allow what they have done in a limited, secret capacity to prevent us from doing what we need to do to get answers for the family,” Bland family attorney Cannon Lambert told CNN affiliate KPRC.

“Right now, the biggest problem for me is the entire process,” Bland’s mother, Geneva Read-Veal, said. “I simply can’t have faith in a system that’s not inclusive of my family that’s supposed to have the investigation.”

The grand jury will convene in January to go over any additional charges that could be brought against the officers involved in Bland’s arrest.

Last night, Bernie Sanders weighed in on the outcome and spoke truths about the injustice system.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that she, like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a white woman,” he said. “We need to reform a very broken criminal justice system.”

  1. December 22, 2015 - Reply

    This situation was a tragedy. No indictments being made in this case is very hurtful for the family of Sandra Bland and hurtful for lovers of freedom including human justice in the world. Sandra Bland just wanted to go and experience a new job in the Deep South. First, we have to show the real story. We have to let people know that Sandra Bland was a victim of assault. She was a victim. Sandra Bland was assaulted by a cop and was violated of her human rights. She was threatened by the officer. When she questioned demands from police officer Brian Encinia to put out her cigarette (an unlawful demand), she was ordered out of the car. When she protested this outrageous treatment, she was threatened with a Taser by Encinia, who yelled, “I will light you up!” This is part of the story that many people (who love the status quo) ignore. She was slammed to the ground and arrested. She was placed into jail and she passed away. We have seen this story time after time again unfortunately. The authorities demonize a victim, no one is held accountable, and a family continues to grieve over the lost of their precious child. It is so aggravating that Sandra Blands’s family has been so disrespected by the authorities in Texas.

    There is a rally coming up tonight in Houston. This rally is about respecting the memory of the Sister Sandra Bland. Sandra Bland was a beautiful, very intelligent Sister who was only 28 when she passed. Her life will always be remembered. The lives of black women matter and we will unequivocally stand up and speak up for the human rights of all black women irrespective of age or nationality. Since the late 1960’s, there has been a higher mobilization of police occupation of our communities. Also, we see attacks against the working class and the poor via austerity, wars for empire, and other bad policies (from the one percent). I send prayers and condolences to the friends and family of Sandra Bland.

    RIP Sister Sandra Bland.

    • December 22, 2015 - Reply

      Good points. I read an article yesterday on huffpost entitled,
      “6 Things You Should Know About The County Where Sandra Bland Died”
      and I found it very disturbing. Waller county Tx is infested with racism and seems to have not changed from its racist past at all.

      • December 22, 2015 - Reply

        @Chazz A

        Thank you for showing that article Brother. People need to know that the Waller County, TX area is filled with racism and evil policies from law enforcement members. We will not be silent. We will never stop speaking the truth and fighting for our just liberation. We are unequivocally entitled to liberty, justice, and liberation. Also, the article mentioned about that county still being monitored by the DOJ over voting rights issues. That tells me that over 50 years after Selma, we have to continue to advance voting rights.

        • December 22, 2015 - Reply

          Yes indeed. The struggle continues and while we have made progress around this country, there are still pockets of blatant racism in small towns where black people have virtually no rights.

          • December 22, 2015 - Reply

            @Chazz A


            Afro-Colombians are fighting for their rights now.

  2. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    did the bland family and close friends say why sandra could not make her bail

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