Outrage At Death Of Sandra Bland, Jailed After Refusing To Put Out Cigarette At Traffic Stop
Newly-released video show what happened at a traffic stop that led to the arrest and, after being jailed, death of Sandra Bland.
The dashcam video reveals how a Texas state trooper initially pulled Sandra Bland over for allegedly failing to use her turn signal and how the situation then escalated.
While Bland’s jailhouse death is being handled in the manner of a murder investigation, authorities in Texas initially said the 28-year-old woman appeared to have killed herself.
But why would a young woman who just landed a new job at her alma mater take her own life?
…An attorney for her family, Cannon Lambert, told CNN that the officer asked Bland to get out of her car after she refused to put out her cigarette. The officer opened the driver’s side door and asked Bland to get out, he said.
The video shows the Texas trooper threaten Bland with a Taser and say: “I will light you up!”
The video shows an officer using his knee to hold a woman down on the ground. The woman is heard saying that she can’t “feel my arm” and that the trooper “slammed my f—— head to the ground.”
“Do you not even care about that?” she asked.
Sharon Cooper, one of Bland’s sisters, told CNN that preliminary autopsy results showed her sibling suffered “deep tissue bruising to her back” consistent with someone pushing a knee into her back.