Justice for Sandra Bland | Open Thread

Sandra Bland jail photosTexas police have released video footage of Sandra Bland in custody, showing her movements before she was found dead in her cell.

The footage shows her arriving at the jail, filling out forms and making a phone call.

The BBC’s David Willis says police hope that the release of the images will quash conspiracy theories about her death.

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26 Responses to Justice for Sandra Bland | Open Thread

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Federal judge orders Sandra Bland documents to be produced”
    By Cindy GeorgeNovember 19, 2015


  2. Liza says:

    I was thinking about this video that the Waller county cops seem to think should put to rest all the rumors that Sandra Bland was already dead in her mugshot. Despite the drastic difference in her appearance, I never thought she was dead at that time. Okay, so they booked a live person, that doesn’t begin to address the amount of opportunity they had over the course of the next several days.

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    I wish Sandra had lived to have her time in court to go after Encinia legally and see that he would be charged for his wrongdoings.

    The dash-cam video shows that Sandra knew how to stand up for her rights!


  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    deray mckesson retweeted
    justin kanew ‏@justin_kanew 3h3 hours ago
    “Smells of a cover-up.” – about that whole ‘outside committee’ thing. #SandyBland http://www.texaslawyer.com/id=1202733439447/Few-Lawyers-Volunteer-to-Serve-on-DAs-Panel-Investigating-Sandra-Blands-Death?cmp=share_twitter&slreturn=20150630160842 … via @deray


  5. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane @docrocktex26

    Why doesn’t All Lives Matter organize a protest march for the White folk in Appalachia whose health and wealth have been stolen by Big Coal?

    • eliihass says:

      The fact that we need signatures to ask for this to happen, is ridiculous to say the least..

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, why are we begging our federal government to do what obviously needs to be done? DOJ needs to get on this and STOP WAITING for the states to play their hand in these cases of police brutality and police killings. That approach is NOT WORKING.

    • eliihass says:

      How are you feeling SG…?

    • sunshine616 says:

      Over the doj. They should’ve stepped in immediately here. Not sure why it hasn’t happened yet. At this point it’s too late and any and all evidence is compromised. They always seem to come in just late enough to do anything meaningful and with more than enough time to suggest reforms. Miss me with that noise. Just trying to maintain the status quo. Arming and militarizing these cops is going to end up being the biggest disaster ever. They don’t want to give up their toys and they are kicking and screaming like petulant children in order to keep their toys even though they aren’t responsible enough to use them. It is high time these children get put in serious time out and learn how to play nicely with others.

  6. Watching Sandra Bland


    In the age of dashboard video cameras and cell-phone-captured arrests, there is so much that we see and can’t ever unsee. Police in Brooklyn putting Eric Garner in a choke hold, while he gasps, over and over, that he can’t breathe. The Texas state trooper threatening to use his Taser on Sandra Bland (a driver he’d pulled over for the infraction of failing to signal when she changed lanes), shouting “I’m going to light you up!” Without the Garner video, there would have been eyewitnesses but no seemingly incontrovertible testimony. Without the camera on Officer Brian Encinia’s dashboard, most of us might never have heard what happened to Sandra Bland. The existence of such evidence helps in investigations and prosecutions; it’s supposed to be a deterrent to both bad behavior on the part of the cops and false allegations of police abuse. But it does not guarantee either better behavior or justice. A grand jury declined to indict the police officers in the Eric Garner case. More broadly, it puts us in a strange, morally exigent position: we can’t say we didn’t see, we never knew; we have no plausible deniability. The videos keep coming out.

    The full dashboard video of Sandra Bland’s arrest is nearly fifty minutes long, and can be viewed on YouTube. It has the quality of nightmare, because it starts off so routinely and goes so badly. Sandra Bland was a twenty-eight-year-old African-American woman who was driving from Chicago to East Texas, to take a job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. At home in Illinois, she was active in her church and close to her family. She had taken a keen interest in the Black Lives Matter movement and in the problem of police abuse of authority. At first, the conversation between Bland and Encinia is relatively civil; Bland expresses her unhappiness at being stopped. But she sounds calm, like a reasonable person educated about her rights, and in a hurry to be on her way.

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