The 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.
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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.”