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.