AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new development in the death of Sandra Bland, the woman who died inside a Texas jail cell last summer. Now the FBI is allowing the Bland family to look over the report from the Texas Ranger’s investigation.
The death of the 28-year-old was ruled a suicide when she was found deceased three days after she was booking into jail. Bland was discovered with a garbage bag used as a ligature around her neck. Officials say she was treated well during her time in the jail; however, documentation shows inconsistencies about if she was suicidal or not.
Bland’s family is suing the former DPS Trooper Brian Encinia; the man who arrested Bland during a traffic stop. Encinia was charged with perjury after dashcam video appeared to show him yelling at Bland and escalating their confrontation. The former trooper claimed Bland was behaving “combative and uncooperative.”
A grand jury concluded he lied about the 2015 arrest of Bland. Prosecutors determined Encinia failed to tell the truth during the investigation about the reason he had Bland get out of her car.