Sandra Bland’s mother had warned that she would be ready to legally fight back after her daughter’s funeral, and she wasn’t lying.
The family of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who died while in police custody, have issued a wrongful death lawsuit against the police officers involved with Sandra’a arrest.
The lawsuit will be filed against Trooper Brian Encinia “and others responsible for the death of Sandra Bland,” the office stated in a press release overnight.
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.
Many of Bland’s family, friends and others on social media worldwide have questioned that explanation.
The 28-year-old was arrested her for allegedly kicking Encinia during a traffic stop near Prairie View A&M. Dashcam video does not make clear whether or not that happened, but does show the encounter quickly escalating after Encinia tells Bland to put out her cigarette.
The trooper was put on desk duty for violating procedures during the stop.
Last week, county officials released hours of video of Bland inside the jail to try to disprove claims of foul play, all while lawmakers in Austin grilled law enforcement and jail officials on jail standards and dealing with potentially mentally ill inmates.