The death of Sandra Bland continues to raise eyebrows as the FBI now steps in to investigate the cause. It was reported that she died in the hands of police custody after being arrested on a traffic charge while driving to Texas to start a new job.
Since learning of her death, news outlets have been investigating her social media presence and learned that she posted a series of Facebook videos surrounding the topic of police brutality and her struggles with depression. Some have even gone so far as to deem her "mentally unstable" and suicidal. However, her friends and family are saying that those assumptions are all false.
"I talked to her Friday and she was in good spirits," LaVaughn Mosley, Bland's friend and mentor, told the Associated Press. "She was looking forward to what was next. She was making plans for the future, so there's no way she was in a suicidal state."
About 100 protesters marched from the Waller County jail, where authorities report that Bland hanged herself with a plastic bag on Monday, to the courthouse in Hempstead. Due to the outcry from Bland's family and the public's rapidly increasing frustration for the unclear situation, the FBI has announced their involvement in the investigation.
Police have, as of now, labeled the 28-year-old's death a suicide after releasing more information last Thursday. "It appears she had used a trash bag to hang herself from a partition in the ceiling, which was used to give inmates privacy," said Elton Mathis, district attorney of Waller County.
Bland's family has hired an attorney and will meet with investigators on Monday with the intent of learning more information. A prayer vigil will be held in her honor on Sunday.
See clips of Bland's social media posts in the video below.
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