The Whistling Sheriff: Sandra Bland Grand Jury

“It wasn’t me. It was her! It was her!,” Sheriff R. Glenn Smith joked, Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 4.15.25 AMpointing at Officer L. Watts, a female, African American Officer on his force. It was individuals like Officer Watts that Sheriff Smith had referred to repeatedly in the media when arguing that there could not have been any racial component in Sandra Bland’s arrest and death because not all his staff was white.

On hard benches outside of the District Courtroom on the third floor of the Waller County Courthouse sat several Sandra Bland supporters, Officers from the Waller County Sheriff’s staff, and several members of the media. Many familiar faces sought or avoided eye contact as the same officers who had walked past those holding vigil for Sandra Bland now had to sit across from them while members of the press, who had once sweltered in the July heat, typed away on their laptops only…

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21 Responses to The Whistling Sheriff: Sandra Bland Grand Jury

  1. rikyrah says:

    Nothing but posturing.
    I simply don’t believe that they actually sought an indictment. This was all for show.
    I wouldn’t meet with that muthaphucka either.

    Sandra Bland’s family rejects prosecutor’s offer to meet about probe into jail death

    A day after a grand jury decided against indicting anyone in the jail death of Sandra Bland, a special prosecutor denied accusations of a cover-up from family of the Naperville woman and said he was “begging to meet with them” to discuss the investigation.

    But the family said the prosecutor’s appeal has come too late.

    “The family does not believe him or anything he says,” said Cannon Lambert, an attorney representing the family. “You would think that before they announced the grand jury findings, they would have reached out to the Bland family. The family expected the disappointing news because of the way things were postured.”

    Bland died July 13 in the Waller County Jail near Houston, three days after she was arrested during a traffic stop that turned confrontational. She was found hanging from a plastic trash bag, and her death was ruled a suicide. Family members have questioned the arresting officers actions and have said they don’t believe Bland killed herself.

    Darrell Jordan, one of five special prosecutors overseeing the case, said a grand jury met on three occasions — for 11 hours on Monday — before announcing that no felony crimes were committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in the treatment of Bland.


    Jordan said he would like to meet with family members and “answer every question they have.”

    “I’m begging to meet with them,” he said by phone Tuesday. “Their attorney has my personal cellphone number. Anytime the family is ready to talk, we can. Early morning, midnight, please call me.”

    But Lambert said the family is not “confident” it would be told the truth. And he said having the grand jury continue meeting was just a stalling tactic.


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  3. Dallas Newton says:

    This is not a surprise ruling at all. If there was no outcry or charges in the Natasha Mckenna torture/murder case seen on video; Why would there be charges for a murder unseen!


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    • Liza says:

      What we really need, candidate O’Malley, is to put some of these murderers in cells and stop protecting bad cops. Most professions unload bad players, why are cops exempt?
      Since you aren’t going to win even one primary, grow a pair of cojones and be brave enough to say this.


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  6. I wish I knew how it would feel to be free


  7. Bernie Sanders and Twitter Have Plenty to Say About the Non-Indictment of Sandra Bland

    A grand jury in Texas decided Monday not to proceed with charges against anyone in relation to the death of Sandra Bland. Bland was arrested by officers of the Waller County Sheriff’s department after she was pulled over due to a failure to signal before changing lanes. The incident quickly escalated and Bland was ultimately taken from her vehicle and arrested. The full altercation was caught on camera.

    Bland spent a weekend in jail before being found dead, hanging in her cell, on July 13. Family members spoke of foul play, while a Harris County medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.

    The non-indictment set Twitter to a boil Monday evening and into Tuesday, with many denouncing the justice system that arrested Bland in the first place. Leading the way was Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

    “Sandra Bland should not have died while in police custody,” Sanders said in a statement Tuesday. “There’s no doubt in my mind that she, like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a white woman. My thoughts are with her family and her loved ones tonight. We need to reform a very broken criminal justice system.”


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  15. My heart aches, my soul grieved. Feeling despair. This cannot stand. #SandraBland DID NOT commit suicide. Someone took her life. JusticeNow!

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