Trooper Brian Encinia Facing Perjury Charges In Sandra Bland Case
The officer who pulled Sandra Bland out of a car and slammed her head on the ground has been indicted.
Trooper Brian Encinia is facing perjury charges and will lose his job after a grand jury ruled that they found the statement on how he removed Bland from her car to be false.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said it will “begin termination proceedings” against a state trooper Wednesday in connection to the traffic stop and arrest of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who later died while in police custody. A grand jury had indicted the trooper earlier on perjury charges.
A Waller County grand jury indicted Trooper Brian Encinia with a Class A misdemeanor charge, which carries a $4,000 fine and a sentence of up to a year in jail, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The grand jury found that the trooper’s statement on how he removed Bland from her car to be false, special prosecutors said.
Encinia stopped Bland on July 10, 2015, after she failed to use her turn signal while changing lanes.
The traffic stop increasingly became heated when Bland refused to put out her cigarette. When Encinia ordered Bland to get out of her car, she refused. The trooper, holding a stun gun, could be heard on police dashboard camera footage saying, “I will light you up!” Encinia then forcibly arrested Bland.
A bystander also recorded video of the arrest, with Bland on the ground. She could be heard saying, “You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that?”
Bland was found hanged in a Waller County jail cell three days after her arrest. On July 24, a medical examiner ruled Bland’s death a suicide. Encinia has been on administrative duty since Bland’s death.
Is this justice???
Mind you a grand jury decided not to file criminal charges against any employees of the Waller County Jail in this case.