FBI now allowing Sandra Bland’s family to review investigation report

FILE - In this undated photo provided by the Bland family, Sandra Bland poses for a photo. A grand jury indicted Trooper Brian Encinia on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, with the misdemeanor charge. Encinia has been on desk duty since Bland was found dead in her cell in July. Her death was ruled a suicide. (Courtesy of Bland family via AP, File)

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.

Brian Encinia
Brian Encinia – former DPS Trooper

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.

FILE- In this July 10, 2015 file frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland after she became combative during a routine traffic stop in Waller County, Texas. Encinia, a Texas trooper who arrested Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop, had been cautioned about “unprofessional conduct” in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)
In this July 10, 2015 frame from dashcam video, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland in Waller County, Texas. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)

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