Case Not Closed: New Developments in Sandra Bland Investigation Indicate Fraud

Case Not Closed: New Developments in Sandra Bland Investigation Indicate Fraud

Findings "could be criminal in nature," report says.

Published March 14th

Contradictory information in the case of Sandra Bland's death has raised new questions about how the 28-year-old was treated following her arrest, and what occurred leading up to her death in a Waller County jail cell days after she was arrested over a bogus traffic stop. 

There has always been doubt regarding the medical examiner's ruling that Bland's death was a suicide, and these new findings have put fuel into that fire. 

The Huffington Post has obtained documents from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, raising a lot questions as to whether or not a full-blown cover up could have occurred. The discrepancies from the official reporting of Bland's death and the forensic documents focus on the way officials described Bland's body when she was found dead in her cell — findings indicate it's possible her body was moved — as well as differences in claims that guards had visited Bland's cell closer to her time of death than video evidence showed.

One official has gone so far as to suggest that these contradictions may amount to a criminal act of fraud.

Bland's family attorney, Tom Rhodes, commented on the recent findings, saying, "There's a disconnect. It could be a clerical error or it could be something more nefarious than that... It bothers the family a lot."

Rhodes also mentioned that there are more documents from the case that have yet to be released. "I can't believe there's nothing in them, because when defense attorneys have files that help their clients, they release them," he said. "And they [Waller County's lawyers] are not fighting to release them."

The officer who was filmed arresting Bland has since been fired and indicted for perjury after he lied about his altercation that led to her arrest. While the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has no power to prosecute, if these document contradictions do uncover some kind of police cover up, he could be the first of many to face justice.  

Catch up on the history of the Sandra Bland case, including when the officer that arrested her was terminated from the police force, with BET Breaks:

(Photo: Sandra Bland via Facebook)

 

 

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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