The family of Sandra Bland has entered into a settlement of $1.9 million after her wrongful death while under police custody.
Waller County trooper Brian Encina, arrested Bland when she failed to use her turn signal in July 2015. She was detained at the county jail and the following morning, her body was seen hanging in her cell, lifeless.
Sandra Bland Case
The result of the investigation on Bland’s death, obtained by CNN,revealed that jail officers violated some protocols, including conducting routine checks of inmates. But the case surrounding Bland’s death was not a simple case of suicide/murder case as it also touches the sensitive issue of racial unrest between law-enforcers and African-Americans.
The same case was sensationalized after various human rights groups have joined in to insist that Bland should have been alive. During the entire investigation, Bland’s family maintained that she would have never killed herself and she should have never been arrested in the first place.
That is why the decision of the Bland family to accept the settlement shook those who have fought alongside with the family. But together with the case’s settlement, some changes in jail management have also been instituted to ensure that the same case won’t happen again.
Brian Encina Fired
The Waller County jail will shoulder $1.8 million of the total $1.9-million settlement amount, while the Texas Department of Public Safety will shoulder the remaining $100,000, the ABC 13 News reported.
According to the same article, a joint report from the FBI and Texas Rangers showed that Bland has indeed hanged herself. The family filed a case in August in connection with Bland’s wrongful death.
Although the Waller County jail has fired Encina after he was for perjury charges, the grand jury, meanwhile, upheld not to indict anyone in connection to the same case.