Sandra Bland’s cell phone video has been released and shows Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia threatening her with violence during a traffic stop in July 2015 in Waller County, Texas.
Encinia claimed later that he feared for his safety because of the unarmed black woman, reports the Texas Tribune.
Bland was found dead three days later in her Waller County jail cell. Her death was ruled a suicide, which her family has never accepted as she was due to be released soon, per bail.
The Investigative Network obtained the 39-second cellphone video once the criminal investigation closed, which apparently took four years. That is longer than the JFK assassination investigation of nine months.
Bland’s sister Shante Needham accused officials of a cover-up on WFAA: “We also know they have an extremely, extremely good cover-up system.”
Texas Department of Public Safety officials said the video was not withheld, even though Bland’s family and their lawyer had not seen the video until now.
Texas Tribune notes: “Though dashcam footage shows that Bland has her phone in her hand during the confrontation with the trooper, officials never publicly released the footage.”
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