Yesha Callahan

Sandra Bland’s Family Files Lawsuit Against Trooper Who Arrested Her


Sandra Bland’s family has filed a lawsuit against Texas Trooper Brian Encina “and others responsible for the death of Sandra Bland,” according to a press release from Bland’s family attorney.

Encinia arrested Bland on July 10 in Waller County. She was later found dead in a jail cell in Hempstead on July 13. Officials say she used a plastic bag to hang herself.

Bland’s family do not believe that Sandra committed suicide, but that a cover-up is happening. Currently, Encina is on desk duty for violating procedures during the stop.

Jail officials allege that Bland told jailers she had previously attempted suicide but jail staff said she seemed fine when she came in. While in jail Bland made phone calls to friends, expressing how she couldn’t believe a stop turned into her arrest.

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  1. August 4, 2015 - Reply

    I knew this lawsuit was coming.

  2. August 4, 2015 - Reply

    There are many words to be mentioned. First, when Sandra Bland’s mother said that “I’m ready…This means war,” she outlined her bravery as a strong black mother. The family of Sister Sandra wants the truth. We know the disgraceful actions of the officer who treated Sandra as a murder suspect instead of a true human being. We know about the epidemic of misogynoir and the denial of true liberty for black people in the world. We see how structural racism and structural income inequality has existed in America since 1776. So, we mourn the death of Sandra Bland, and we carry on. We will never forget Sandra Bland’s great social activism and her wisdom. We carry on for our ancestors who suffered unspeakable pain, but they knew that their descendants will never experience the Maafa again. We carry on, because tons of our Brothers and our Sisters suffer injustice in an evil capitalist, patriarchal society. Sandra Bland’s family has every legal and moral right to bring a lawsuit up. We are in solidarity with them.

    I will never sugarcoat my views on this issue.

    Also, we have to recognize the stories of Ralkina Jones, Raynetta Turner, and Joyce Curnell. Their lives have value too and they passed away in state custody. It has been 50 years since the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and I reflect now on it. That act has been greatly gutted by the Supreme Court and we still have a long way to go in 2015. We still witness police terrorism and racism including discrimination in our country. The system of white supremacy is an abominable system that must end. We are fighting for black liberation, justice, and a real change in our world.

    RIP Sandra Bland.

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