A Black Woman Named Sandra Bland Got Pulled Over in Texas and Died in Jail Three Days Later. Why?

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Sandra Bland had moved to the Houston area from suburban Chicago for a new job at Prairie View A&M University,
That is the question people.  What will be the answer.  The officials say it was suicide, her family who I might say knew her very well. Say,'no way' she was excited to start her new job and very happy. Lets pray on this, we have black men dying at the hands of white officers - it seems quite often.  Rarely do we hear of a black woman being killed by the police. It happens more times than we hear about though. One that sticks with me is the lady shot at the White House trying to drive her car past security. Her baby was in the back seat, yet they opened fire. There are many more horrible stories. After the rash of black men being killed making national news and causing protests, now we have a woman I think more protests are inedible.     Sandra Bland a black woman from Naperville, Illinois was stopped by police in Waller County, Texas for making an improper lane change, ended up dead in jail Monday morning. In a video of the arrest, Bland complained of police slamming her head to the ground and she was unable to hear Details continue to trickle out about the death of Sandra Bland, the Illinois woman who was arrested in Texas on Friday afternoon and died in police custody on Monday morning from what local authorities are calling a suicide. Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith said the morning of Bland’s death, she was held, alone, in one of the two holding facilities for women at the county jail. Smith says Bland was fed breakfast at 7 a.m. and spoke to the jail staff about making a phone call an hour later before she was found dead around 9 a.m. Bland used a trash bag in her cell to hang herself from a partition, according to the sheriff. The district attorney said security footage did not show anyone entering Bland’s cell Monday morning. Staff at the county jail performed CPR on Bland, but couldn’t resuscitate her, according to the sheriff’s office. An autopsy was performed on Tuesday by The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, which found the death was a suicide by hanging.The Bland family continues to question the sheriff’s account of her death and a lawyer for the family said at a news conference Thursday the family believes “that she was killed.” Bland’s sister, Shante Needham, said she spoke to Bland over the weekend and “there was no indication that Bland was in an emotional state where she would harm herself.” In a March Facebook video, Bland said she suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Here is the original story: A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper pulled Bland over Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. near Prairie View A&M after changing lanes without signaling. The Trooper ordered her out of her car after because she was argumentative and uncooperative. Adding she was about to get a warning when she kicked the Trooper who had pulled her over. At that point, she was arrested and charged with assault on a public servant. She was held on a $5,000.00 bond, according to the records of the Waller County District Clerk's Office. Bland Family Attorney Discusses  dash cam Video of Sandra's Arrest The lawyer for the family of a woman found dead in a Texas jail cell last week said dash cam video from the roadside traffic stop that led to her arrest shows the encounter grew confrontational after she refused an officer's demand to put out her cigarette. After running her license and insurance, the trooper returned to her car with what appeared to be a written warning. Lambert, citing what he had seen on the dash cam video, said the trooper then asked Bland to put out her cigarette. Bland, who seemed irritated at having been pulled over in the first place, responded: 'Why do I have to put out a cigarette when I'm in my own car?'" Lambert said. "And that seemed to irritate him to the point where he said, 'Get out of the car.'" Bland, a civil rights advocate who had moved to the Houston area from suburban Chicago for a new job at Prairie View A&M University, "wasn't comfortable getting out of the car," Lambert said. So the trooper "looked to force her to get out of the car by way of opening the door and started demanding that she do," Lambert said. Lambert said there was "no clear understanding why she had to get out of the car in the first place. It is a routine traffic stop." Authorities said Bland became "argumentative and uncooperative" and was taken into custody for assault on a public servant. She ended up in the Waller County Jail, where, three days later, she was found hanging in her cell. She was declared dead soon afterward, and her death was ruled a suicide. SandraBland3 But Bland's family disputes that account. They have asked for an independent autopsy. "There are concerns regarding the findings already, that we've communicated previously, so we are doing our own due diligence," Lambert said. "We want to understand what happened, we want to know what happened and we want to know why."

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My close family call me Mimi, you will too. A 53 year old black female with many thoughts and opinions. I am vocal and passionate. I was raised old school and am proud to know most children that I had any influence over are carrying on the right way. 'Please, Thank You, Yes Ma'am, No Sir'. Divorced a couple times and no children of my own. I have lived a full and diverse life. Well educated and very liberal a Baptist raised in the church. I hope my posts, information, and opinions in my blog inspire you to open up a conversation. Pass along the usually hidden unheard of and unknown facts of how life is being lived today. Welcome to my thoughts....
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