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Family Demands Answers After Sandra Bland’s Own Video Of 2015 Texas Traffic Stop Surfaces

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Family Demands Answers After Sandra Bland’s Own Video Of 2015 Texas Traffic Stop Surfaces

Family Demands Answers After Sandra Bland’s Own Video Of 2015 Texas Traffic Stop Surfaces

On Monday, local news outlet WFAA released Sandra Bland’s personal 39-second cell phone video of the traffic stop that eventually led to her death in 2015 and now it prompting calls for her case to be re-investigated. 

RELATED: Sandra Bland’s Family Receives $1.9M In Wrongful Death Settlement

The cell phone video shows Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Brian Encinia demanding Bland to “get out of the car” during a traffic stop. During the altercation, Encinia pointed his taser at Bland and said “I will light you up” while she recorded, the video shows. 

According to reports, Bland’s family did not see the video until WFAA showed it to them.  Speaking with the news outlet, Bland’s sister Shante Needham said,

“Open up the case, period. We also know they have an extremely, extremely good cover-up system,” she added. 

Bland’s family strongly believes that the video was purposefully withheld. However, DPS is denying these allegation. 

“The premise that the video was not produced as a part of the discovery process is wrong,” DPS told the TV station in a statement. “A hard drive containing copies of 820 Gigabytes of data compiled by DPS from its investigation, including the dashcam videos, jail video footage and data from Sandra Bland’s cell phone, was part of discovery.” 

As we previously reported, Bland died after being arrested. It was said that she died by suicide while in jail. After the arrest, Encinia told investigators that he believed his “safety was in jeopardy at more than one time.” Despite that, he was later fired and charged with perjury after the incident, but the perjury charges were dropped in 2017. 

Bland’s family did settle a wrongful death lawsuit against Waller County and Texas DPS for $1.9 million in 2016. However, they’re still not settled with the fact that their loved one is still gone.

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