$1.9M Settlement, Jail Reforms in Sandra Bland Case

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Attorneys for the Sandra Bland family say a $1.9 million settlement has been reached in their wrongful death suit against Texas authorities over her jailing, reports KTRK in Houston. The settlement with the Texas Department of Public Safety was capped by state statutes. The agency will pay $100,000. The Waller County jail will pay the bulk at $1.8 million.

As a condition of the settlement, says Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, the jail must provide emergency nurses for all shifts; use automated electronic sensors to ensure accurate and timely cell checks; and seek the passage of additional state funds for for jail intaking, inmate screening, training and additional jail support. Bland was stopped for failing to signal a lane change on July 10, 2015 in Waller County. She was in Texas from her home in Naperville, Il., to interview for a job at Prairie View A&M University. Bland graduated from the historically black college in 2009. The white state trooper who pulled her over planned on giving her a written warning, but changed his mind when Bland became uncooperative and argumentative. She was arrested and taken to the jail, about 60 miles northwest of Houston.

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