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.
Be proactive – Use the “Flag as Inappropriate” link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
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.
More in AmeriPublications
South Korea appeals to China to rein in North over nuclear tests
South Korea’s Defense Ministry couldn’t immediately confirm the report.January 21, 2016
Satellite SpaceX fail as rocket topples over while landing
According to a message on Twitter wrote by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, one of the rocket’s landing legs didn’t latch into...January 21, 2016
Ruble Falls to 82 Against US Dollar, 90 Against Euro
Russian Federation is running a budget deficit of 3 percent of GDP this year, and the government is looking to cut...January 21, 2016
19 killed in university attack in Pakistan
He said the operation had ended and security forces were clearing the area, with most of the student victims shot dead...January 21, 2016
Moldova political crisis: Protesters break into parliament
Police arrested several protesters after they clashed with security forces and broke into the parliament building on Wednesday, according to local...January 21, 2016
Military step up search and recovery operation after Somalia raid
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) – Somalia’s Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed on Sunday to have killed 100 Kenyan soldiers serving under the...January 21, 2016
Sarah Palin: Speculation rife former Alaska governor set to endorse Donald Trump
“And that starts from the top”, she said. “You deserve the best!”January 21, 2016
Bombing close to Russian embassy in Kabul kills 7
At least seven people died on Wednesday when a suicide bomber targeted the Moby Group, a major media production company in...January 21, 2016
NYS Health Officials Advise MDs to Watch for Zika Virus
The move comes after United States health chiefs issued an alert on Friday advising pregnant women to avoid travelling to Brazil...January 21, 2016