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‘No felony’ in Bland death: United States grand jury

The Waller County grand jury decided not to issue indictments relating to Sandra Bland, 28, who was found dead in her cell last summer after being jailed for a traffic stop. But the grand jury likely will review dash-cam video showing how an argument between the two turned physical as Bland was forced to the ground and arrested.

The confrontation between Bland and a white state trooper was captured by a video camera mounted on the dashboard of the officer’s vehicle.

Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, called on authorities to release all footage and information they have surrounding her death.

Bland’s arrest and death came amid heightened tensions surrounding the police and their dealings with black suspects after a series of high profile cases where suspects were killed by officers or died while in custody. The medical examiner determined that Bland died by hanging herself with a garbage bag.

Last week, a federal judge in Houston set the case for trial January 23, 2017.

Lambert said the family is also frustrated by unconfirmed reports that the grand jury would be coming to a conclusion in the case soon.

Her death immediately drew scrutiny from activists and the media following other deaths of black men and women during interactions with law enforcement. Prosecutors said the grand jury will reconvene at a later to date to determine if the Texas state trooper who made the arrest will be charged. It showed Encina demanding that Bland put out a cigarette and ordering her out of her vehicle for reasons that he declined to specify. While authorities in Texas described death as suicide, her family has disputed official accounts and criticized the secrecy of the grand jury.

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The family’s lawyers echoed the family’s concerns and said they have little faith in proceedings over evidence that isn’t released to the public.

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