Sandra Bland

When the Law Lies

Sandra Bland death

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In January a Waller County, Texas, grand jury indicted state trooper Brian Encinia for perjury in his report on a traffic stop that ended with the driver, Sandra Bland, in handcuffs. The Texas Department of Public Safety then announced that it will "begin termination proceedings" against the cop, who has been on desk duty since Bland died, apparently by suicide, at the Waller County jail three days after the arrest.

Dashcam video of the July 10 incident shows that Encinia, who pulled Bland over for changing lanes without signaling, lost his temper after she declined his request that she put out her cigarette. That was the point at which he ordered her out of her car, informed her that she was under arrest, grabbed her, and threatened her with a Taser. But in his arrest report Encinia claimed he "had Bland exit the vehicle to further conduct a safe traffic investigation."

The grand jurors "just didn't believe it," special prosecutor Darrell Jordan said following the indictment. "A warrant will be issued, and we'll go from there." The perjury charge is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $4,000.

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One response to “When the Law Lies

  1. So, a blatant abuse of power by an individual in a position of “authority” (hahaha) and the premeditated and willful falsifying of an arrest record is a misdemeanor and 4K fine? I just checked the form on my desk for a motor vehicle title transfer which tells me that if I falsify information on that, it’s a third degree felony. And was there someone out there wondering how things got this bad with piggies? Does accountability mean ANYTHING?

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