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Sandra Bland Video: Was It A Cover Up All Along?

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By G. Brown

It’s hard to believe…four years since the suspicious death of Sandra Bland and we are now just learning new information.

A newly released video that Bland recorded with her own cell phone is unleashing new controversy surrounding her death.

Bland was pulled over in 2015 near by State Trooper Brian Encinia in what was anything but a routine traffic stop. Bland was arrested and three days later, she was found dead in her jail cell the result of an alleged suicide.

The video shows a confrontational Bland asking the question many have continued asking- “Why?”…


It’s only 39 seconds of video, but for Bland’s family, it was enough to fill in the gaps of a theory many people share…we have never gotten the truth or fullstory or truth behind Bland’s death.

The family is now pushing for the investigation into Bland’s death to be reopened.

It’s a reasonable request considering that this video has been in investigators hands all this time and the family and public are just hearing about it. Why was it kept away from public knowledge? The family says they knew nothing about the video until it was released. Why wouldn’t you let a grieving family see and hear the last words of their loved one if it had no significant bearing on the case?

The only video we have seen in the Bland traffic stop prior to this latest video was the footage from the officer’s dash cam. In it, we Bland smoking a cigarette which she refused to extinguish when Trooper Encinia asked her to. Bland’s response that she was in her own car and could smoke her own cigarette enraged the officer. He flung open Bland’s car door threatening to drag her out amid screams of “I will light you up” as he pointed a taser at her. Aware of how quickly things were escalating, Bland begins recording at this point.

The 28 year old’s body was found in her cell where police say she hanged herself. Bland’s family filed a wrongful death suit saying Sandra struggled with mental health issues, but she was never suicidal. Bland’s family was awarded almost two million dollars in a settlement by the Texas DPS and Waller County jail.

Trooper Encinia faced perjury charges which were later dismissed after he surrendered his badge and vowed to never work in law enforcement again.

It seemed like the end of the tragic story, until this newly released video. Officials moved quickly to settle with the family, remove the officer from the payroll and tie up all possible loose ends. But hiding potential evidence this way leads to more questions. Was this more than a tragic case of a woman with mental issues hanging herself? Did someone kill Sandra in that cell? How far does the conspiracy to cover up the Bland case reach?

Watch the video and let us know your thoughts on this matter.

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    Destine

    May 10, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    It is so evident that Sandra was murdered. After seeing the video, the reality of this is the discriminating and aggressive tone and manner of the Trooper Encinia. He refused to hear a word she tried to convey, so can you imagine the disdain and abuse he gave her before arriving to the Police Station? Opening the car door on a person is bad enough, but to pull out a taser and point it in her face is even worse. He showed his hatred toward Sandra the entire time and dismissed her while she clearly asked “Why” am I being treated this way for a traffic light. Please, please, PLEASE reopen this case, and search for ALL the evidence remaining that was covered up. This young lady didn’t deserve to die like this. The family needs closure by revealing the truth and deserves the truth! God rest her precious soul.

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    marcus davis

    May 8, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Black folks need to protect themselves nowadays .Don’t drive alone always hang in a group.I say defend yourself by any means.If you have to get physical then by all means.

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    Shawn J.

    May 8, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    I believe that Sandra Bland was murdered and that it was a cover-up. I mean, that did not look like a person (who had hopes and dreams of becoming a school teacher)who had taken her own life! Somebody had to take her out!

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      Cole

      May 9, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      I believe Sandra was murdered by Encinia before they even arrived at the jail. At some point Encinia needed to take Sandra’s phone which provided clear evidence of their encounter. When Sandra refused to give up her phone a death struggle ensued and Encinia murdered Sandra by strangulation. The intake photo taken of Sandra at the Jail clearly shows that Sandra was already deceased.The new video provides clear evidence of how belligerent Encinia behaved from the beginning. Dam right this case needs to be re-opened and Encinia should be charged negligent homicide.

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        Shawn J.

        May 10, 2019 at 6:03 pm

        I was gonna say the exact same thing!

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    Sunny Gibson

    May 8, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    This video is disturbing. That could have been any black woman, including me. Everything the police officer did and said was wrong. Demanding that she get out of the car and to put her phone away. His aggressive and angry tone of voice and the manner in which he pointed the Taser at her was threatening and menacing. If Sandra was treated like this for failing to signal I can only imagine what her 3 days in jail was like. If she wasn’t killed, it’s highly likely she was mentally abused to the point she couldn’t take it anymore.

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