Sandra Bland Died In Police Custody In 2015; Family Says They Have Nothing To Hide
Sandra Bland’s mother has headed back to court in her wrongful death lawsuit against Waller County, Tx and the police and jail officials whom she believes all contributed to her daughter’s death.
Geneva Reed-Veal has demanded the judge shut down the defendants attempt to seal all depositions along with documents, and explained that while she has nothing to hide, their depositions contain damaging admissions.
Earlier this year, the family of Sandra Bland filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Waller County, The Texas Department of Public Safety, Brian Encinia – the state trooper who arrested her and two jail employees.
A medical examiner listed suicide as the cause of death. However, the family disputes this and is suing for unspecified damages.
Last summer, Encinia pulled Bland over for a minor traffic violation. The officer and Bland’s conversation quickly escalated and he arrested her after he claimed she assaulted him.
The dash cam video of the arrest went viral and caused an uproar over the was police and jail officials treated Bland, with many disputing the arrest and eventual death of Bland while in the Waller County Jail.
Three days after her arrest, Bland was found hanged in her jail cell. The coroner listed the cause of death as suicide.
However, many have disputed the facts of the case, the official cause of death and accused police and jail officials of racial violence. Following the protests, the F.B.I. and Texas authorities launched an official investigation into the case.
Last year, a grand jury declined to issue an indictment in relation to Bland’s death. However, the arresting officer was indicted for perjury.
The family’s wrongful death lawsuit is currently in the discovery phase with both sides exchanging documents, information and taking depositions of key people. The trial is scheduled to begin next year.