Critic On Woman’s TX Arrest: “Man, He Did Everything Wrong”


Two Texas legislators who watched a Texas trooper’s traffic stop video said Sandra Bland should not have been arrested, the Texas Tribune reports. The woman’s suicide in the Waller County Jail is being investigated. State. Rep. Helen Giddings said, “This young woman should be alive today.” Giddings was among a dozen state leaders who met with local officials to review the dash cam video that recorded Trooper Brian Encinia arresting Bland on July 10. Bland was initially stopped for failure to use a turn signal while changing lanes near her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. Her death has prompted outrage worldwide for what many see as the latest case of white police harassment of a black citizen. “A young woman … is dead from a routine traffic stop,” said state Rep. Sylvester Turner. “People are still asking whether or not black lives matter. And I think it's important for us to respond: 'They do.'”

The case is going to a grand jury to decide whether Bland was murdered or died, as the Harris County medical examiner has already ruled, of a suicide. The video shows Encinia losing his temper with Bland when she refuses to put out her cigarette when he tells her to and refuses to come out of her car when told to do so. “Get out of the car, now!,” he shouts at Bland before opening the car door, grabbing her and trying to force her out. He is seen threatening to use his Taser on her to get her to come out. “I will light you up!,” he shouts. The video shocked civil rights attorney Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project. “That was really outrageous. I was really stunned,” he said. “Man, he did everything wrong.”

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