Death Threats Against TX Officials Prompt Release Of Bland Jail Video


Waller County, Tx., officials released the full video of Sandra Bland’s three days in jail before she was found hanging in her cell, and confirmed that the 28-year-old was not receiving medication to treat her epilepsy. “We’re doing this because we’ve received death threats,” said Capt. Brian Cantrell of the Waller County Sheriff’s Office, reports the Houston Chronicle. County Judge Trey Duhon (an elected, not judicial official) hoped the release would refute conspiracy theories and misinformation being spread on Twitter. Some conspiracy theories shared on the social networking site include allegations that Bland was dead when she arrived at the jail and her booking photo actually shows her corpse. “Social media cannot be relied upon,” said Duhon, who shut down his public Facebook page because of threats and to prevent it from becoming a forum for misinformation and vulgarities.

The new video footage might confirm official reports that Bland changed her responses when answering questions during a second intake interview, show how often jailers check on her face-to-face and could include parts of some phone calls she made to friends or family. Officials said it will include her booking into the jail and any medication requests. International scrutiny has fallen on Waller County, 30 miles northwest of Houston, after state Trooper Brian Encinia, 30, pulled over Bland on July 10 for failing to signal a lane change. A dash cam video of the arrest shows the routine stop spiral out of control when Bland refuses the trooper’s order to put out her cigarette, leading Encinia to pull out his taser and threaten to “light (her) up.” Bland was arrested for assaulting an officer and found dead in her cell three days later.

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