Grand Jury to Decide on Criminal Charges in Sandra Bland's Death

Grand Jury to Decide on Criminal Charges in Sandra Bland's Death

A grand jury is meeting today to decide whether there will be criminal charges filed against officers in Sandra Bland's death.

Published December 11th

A Waller County, Texas, grand jury is meeting today to decide whether there will be criminal charges filed against officers involved in the case of Sandra Bland's death. 

Prosecutors are set to present more findings in the case Friday, the Houston Chronicle reports. There is no certainty that the jury will make their decision today.

State Senator Royce West has been in charge of the investigation into the case, which has had conflicting narratives surrounding it. The jail insists that they are not responsible for Bland's death and say that her death was suicide. Bland's family has a wrongful death lawsuit pending against the jail, claiming that they were "negligent" in dealing with the 28-year-old. 

On Friday, July 10, police stopped Bland for allegedly signaling a lane change improperly. A video captured by a bystander shows police using excessive force to arrest her. She was forced out of her vehicle and slammed onto the ground according her friend Malcolm Jackson.

Bland could be heard yelling to an officer, "You just slammed my head into the ground," in the video. Bland continued, "Do you not even care about that? I can't even hear." Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith said Bland "had been combative on the side of the road," according to ABC13.com.

Around 9 a.m. the following Monday, authorities found Bland unresponsive and performed CPR on her. She was pronounced dead shortly after, according to a statement released by the Waller County Sheriff's Office.

Bland's death came at a time when outrage was mounting over the violent way in which police officers deal with Black individuals taken into custody. Additionally, there is often not much transparency of the facts surrounding these cases, fueling further outcry and distrust of authorities.

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Written by Natelege Whaley

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