FAMILY OF SANDRA BLAND SETTLES WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT FOR $1.9 MILLION
In July of 2015, Sandra Bland was pulled over by State Trooper Brian Encinia for switching lanes without signaling. Most of the encounter was caught on tape, via the officers’ dash camera. The interaction escalated, leading to Bland’s controversial arrest.
Days later, Bland was found dead in Waller County jail. A medical examiner claimed Bland committed suicide by suffocating herself with a plastic garbage bag, however, Bland’s family believed otherwise.
Since then, Bland’s arrest and death sparked nationwide debates and protest of police brutality and their mistreatment of minorities. According to NY Daily News, the arresting officer was fired following an indictment on perjury charges.
In addition, as of Thursday (September 15), the family of Sandra Bland has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million dollars.
According to reports, the Texas jail, where Bland died will be responsible for most of the payment. Waller County jail will cough up $1.8 million and the Texas Department of Public Safety will pay $100,000.