#SandraBland’s Family sues DPS trooper who arrested her

Sandra Bland files Lawsuit at courthouseThe mother of Sandra Bland filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper and several others she deems responsible for the death of her 28-year-old daughter at the Waller County Jail in mid-July.

Geneva Reed-Veal is seeking a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages in her wrongful death suit against DPS trooper Brian Encinia; Waller County jail screening officers Elsa Magnus and Oscar Prudente; Waller County; and DPS.

The lawsuit follows weeks of national controversy surrounding the July 10 arrest of Bland, whose death has been ruled a suicide by the medical examiner. Her hanging came three days after Encinia pulled Bland over for failure to signal a lane change, and within minutes, ordered Bland out of the car, threatened her with a taser, pinned her to the ground and arrested her.

Dashcam video of the arrest was cited as overly aggressive by DPS, and Encinia was put on desk duty.

According to the 46-page lawsuit, Encinia “demonstrated a deliberate indifference to and conscious disregard for the constitutional rights and safety of Sandra Bland.” It noted that Encinia previously was reprimanded for “unprofessional conduct” and faulted Texas DPS for improper training, saying the agency should have known he “exhibited a pattern of escalating encounters with the public.”

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22 Responses to #SandraBland’s Family sues DPS trooper who arrested her

  1. Liza says:

    One thing that needs to be made very clear, if we have any hope for developing police forces that enforce the law HUMANELY, it cannot be done with many if not most of those who are currently employed as cops.

    • sunshine616 says:

      What has been taught can not be unlearned. Starting over is the only option. They have been trained to look at us as the objective, the suspect. A more educated and service oriented police is necessary.

  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Copy of civil lawsuit against Ofc. Brian Encinia by Sandra’s mother:

  3. Ametia says:

    It seems that these KILLERS are still allowed to roam free, even after a gazillion $$$ law suits. They’d rather pay millions of $$ than JAIL the white KILLER COPS. Wrap your brains around that.

  4. Ametia says:

    Sandra Bland should be at her new job, but instead, her mother is suing a killer cop.

    So very tragic!

  5. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    deray mckesson retweeted
    Bobby Blanchard ‏@bobbycblanchard 2h2 hours ago Austin, TX
    ” #SandraBland: Family says they had money for bail, but they never heard back from Sandy after first phone call. Next call was: She’s dead.”

  6. Liza says:

    This is good. With cops being protected by some of the worst prosecutors in the country, there is often no other path to justice than the civil course. And why in the blazes would they protect Brian Encinia? Well, the obvious answer is that the cop system protects all cops, no questions asked because it’s a f***ing “brotherhood.”

    And where is the DOJ? Tired of waiting on you guys to indict, try, and convict one of these killers. Take it slow, take an easy one like Dan Pantaleo for example. The whole murder of Eric Garner is on video. The state isn’t going to prosecute, it’s your move.

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