Police release jail footage in death of #SandraBland

Sandra Bland Waller County Sheriff's photoTexas police have released video taken from inside the county jail during the last minutes of Sandra Bland’s life as activists claimed that the traffic stop that led to her imprisonment escalated into a confrontation because a trooper was angry that she was smoking.

The footage is three hours long but does not provide a clear view of cell 95 at the Waller county jail, where officials say the 28-year-old was found hanged on 13 July, three days after she was arrested for alleged assault on a public servant.

The camera is motion-activated and stops recording after 15 seconds without detectable movement, according to authorities, meaning there is more than nine minutes of time unrecorded. The inside of cell 95, at the end of a hallway and in the top right corner of the picture, is not visible. Officials said that the tape showed there was no movement down the hallway to Bland’s cell for the 90 minutes prior to her body being discovered.

Brian Cantrell of the Waller county sheriff’s office said that at 7.05am Bland was “in good health” and told the jailer “I’m fine”. At 7.55am, he said, she contacted a controller via a phone in the cell to ask if she could make a phone call.

At 8.58am, he said, an officer went to the cell to ask if she wanted to go to the recreation hall. She was found partially hanging from the privacy partition, next to the toilet, “in a semi-standing position with the ligature around her neck” and her feet on the ground. Officers then placed her on the floor, performed CPR and sought emergency medical help, Cantrell said. Several are shown hurriedly walking to and from the cell.

Cantrell said the cause of death was “self-inflicted asphyxiation” with an ordinary plastic trash bag. He said that in the wake of Bland’s death all trash bags had been removed from the jail’s cells.

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41 Responses to Police release jail footage in death of #SandraBland

  1. Ametia says:

    Apparently, BLACK PEOPLE in AMERIKKKA don’t fit the billing for upstanding, well-dressed, well-educated, follow-the-white-man’s-laws, THEY STILL GET MAIMED, MURDERED, DENIGRATED, for being BLACK

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      And, when victims don’t receive justice and cover-ups are allowed, the message is that the justice system is going to allow the killing to continue.

      If ever protest and push back is needed against this dire situation, it is NOW!

  2. rikyrah says:

    Why #BlackLivesMatter Can’t be Diluted, White People
    Posted on July 20, 2015 by Milt Shook

    I can’t believe I have to say this again. I mean, I’ve already explained “white privilege,” primarily because too many white people (and yes, I include a lot of white liberals in this group, I’m sad to say) think they know everything and never take the time to actually listen to what black people have to say. They think that, because they have a college education and perhaps took a couple of sociology courses, they understand the “black experience.”

    No you don’t. You can’t. I can’t, you can’t; no white person can understand it. Therefore, it’s really important to sit the hell down and shut the hell up and listen. Even if you can’t understand everything, you can at least learn to empathize. If you’re white and you don’t think you have white privilege, you are blind and you need to re-take that college course. No, forget that; open up your eyes and ears and observe, and listen to what black people tell you about it. If you’re on Facebook and/or Twitter, you either don’t have any black friends or you don’t read anything they say. Of course, you can also look at the hashtag, #blacklivesmatter and read what random black people say about it, and you might learn something.

    The fact that you “mean well” simply accounts for jack shit, got it? You have to DO well, too. And doing well for our black brothers and sisters often means shutting the hell up and listening to black people when they try to speak to you. The #Blacklivesmatter campaign is very important for everyone, not just black people. However, you might have to clear your mind and listen for a change.

    The point they’re trying to make with that hashtag is that, right now, black lives are simply not very important in our society. You can’t even argue that point; by any objective standard, black lives are not considered valuable. There is a whole ideology — and right now, it runs Congress — that dismisses everything about black people and turns it into a caricature. If you read the rhetoric that comes from many white liberals, they’re only a bit better than the right wing; they act as if black people are helpless without us, and they need our help in order to make it in society, which is pure bullshit. They don’t need us! We ALL need EACH OTHER. We’re a society and community, for Chrissakes; we are all participants in this society and we all leane on one another to make it through this life


    • No you don’t. You can’t. I can’t, you can’t; no white person can understand it. Therefore, it’s really important to sit the hell down and shut the hell up and listen. These are the words white folks need to hear!!
      Rikyrah I feel like screaming and clapping at this comment it is right on point. We can not be eliminated therefore we have to find a way to get along and the only way we can make some kind of head way is to listen and hear. Because white folks don’t want to hear shit.

  3. rikyrah says:

    andrea grimes @andreagrimes

    “it was not a model person that was stopped on a traffic stop” — Waller County DA, victim blaming Sandra Bland https://www.texastribune.org/2015/07/20/sandra-blands-death-now-murder-investigation/

  4. Ametia says:

    Black men and now Black women are being MURDERED exponentially to the detriment of our families under the guise of protecting the Klan office, posing as law enforcement.


    • It is not easy to kill yourself with a plastic bag unless you are intoxicated or something. Just as your can’t choke yourself with your own hands. Natural instincts will stop you.

  5. New Details Released in #SandraBland’s Death in Texas Jail


    HEMPSTEAD – With new questions being raised into the arrest and death of Sandra Bland, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said Monday that his office has not determined a cause of death for the woman who was found hanging in a cell in the Waller County Jail.

    Her death was initially ruled a suicide by medical examiners.

    “This is being treated like a murder investigation,” Mathis said at a news conference, explaining that he has requested scientific testing from items at the jail, including touch DNA evidence on the plastic trash bag that officials earlier said Bland used to kill herself.

    Earlier in the day, outside the Waller County Jail, advocates for Bland’s family said dash-cam footage of her traffic stop on July 10 in Prairie View contradicted an account by the Texas Department of Public Safety. They also called for the Department of Justice to investigate the case.

    The Waller County Sheriff’s Office said it, too, is continuing its investigation, separate from the one led by the Department of Public Safety and the FBI.

    The motion-triggered jail footage confirms a timeline of the morning offered by officials throughout the investigation of her death: she was checked on by a jailer around 7 a.m., called the supervisor via intercom around 8 a.m. to ask for help placing a call from the phone in her cell, and found less than an hour later by a jailer sent to ask if Bland would like recreation time.

    On the video, a female officer peers through the window of the cell at 9:07 a.m. and is then shown running toward the main booking floor where she grabs a fellow officer and leads him to Bland’s cell, using his radio to ask the controller to open the cell. Several other officers enter the cell as CPR is administered, according to the sheriff’s office. At 9:13 am, EMS can be seen entering the jail and, a minute later, Bland’s cell. At 9:17, the paramedic and EMS are seen leaving the cell, Bland having been declared dead.

    Mathis said the video hasn’t been verified by the FBI, which is checking if it had been edited.

  6. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Sandra told the officer who pulled her over that she was recording him. LE has her phone.

    We need to have her recording released. Let’s see that footage.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      The campus police of Prairie View A&M are from the Department of Public Safety as shown by this patch that they wear:

      The maps provided in this NY Times article link show that Sandra Bland was stopped for “an illegal” turn signal about 2 blocks from the Prairie View A&M campus:

      The officer who stopped her was from the Department of Public Safety according to this NY Times article.

      ” Ms. Bland is pulled over for failing to use her turn signal while changing lanes after having filled out paperwork for a new job at Prairie View A&M University”

      Could it be that this officer was a member of the campus police and had followed her from the campus?

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      The lawyer for the family of a woman found dead in a Texas jail cell last week said dashcam video from the roadside traffic stop that led to her arrest shows the encounter grew confrontational after she refused an officer’s demand to put out her cigarette.

      Sandra Bland, 28, was pulled over by a state trooper for a routine traffic violation in Prairie View on July 10, authorities said. After running her license and insurance, the trooper returned to her car with what appeared to be a written warning, according to the the lawyer, Cannon Lambert, who sat down with NBC News in a joint interview with Bland’s sister.

      Lambert, citing what he had seen on the dashcam video, said the trooper then asked Bland to put out her cigarette.

      Bland, who seemed irritated at having been pulled over in the first place, responded: ‘Why do I have to put out a cigarette when I’m in my own car?'” Lambert said. “And that seemed to irritate him to the point where he said, ‘Get out of the car.'”

      Bland, a civil rights advocate who had moved to the Houston area from suburban Chicago for a new job at Prairie View A&M University, “wasn’t comfortable getting out of the car,” Lambert said. So the trooper “looked to force her to get out of the car by way of opening the door and started demanding that she do,” Lambert said.

      Lambert said there was “no clear understanding why she had to get out of the car in the first place. It is a routine traffic stop.”

      The lawyer added other details about video in an interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show. As the trooper tried to get her out of the car, she reached for her cell phone “to try to go about taping what was going on.” Moments later, the trooper pulled out a Taser and pointed it at her, Lambert said. At that point, Bland got out.


  7. I can’t imagine the terror Sandra Bland felt in that cell with no one to help. It’s so disturbing to my soul.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      It must have been horrific for her….. a terrible nightmare!

      My heart has not stopped grieving for her.

    • Ametia says:

      Sandra’s death had better be TREATED AS A MURDER.

    • sunshine616 says:

      They already called it a suicide! Now all of a sudden there an investigation! Just fucking wow. These cops have been trained to believe that they will get away with whatever they want. That good Ole boy network is strong. But it’s not just the white cops, it’s a culture. They are trained to look at all of us as the enemy. Cops scare the Fuck outta me.

    • Ametia says:

      Short: ‘That Niggra girl didn’t NOW HER PLACE., so we’ll put her in it.’

      I.can’t.with these.racist.PIGS.

    • sunshine616 says:

      Showing their face. They can’t help it. It burns them that they can’t whip, rape and torture legally anymore. So they become LE so the torture can continue, but now, under the nice cover and protection of the government. Isn’t it nice to see progress??

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