Authorities Say Sandra Bland Autopsy Supports Suicide Claim

Sandra Bland

Authorities Say Sandra Bland Autopsy Supports Suicide Claim

Authorities ruled Sandra Bland's death a homicide, after releasing autopsy results Thursday afternoon.

Published July 23, 2015

There are new developments in the case of Sandra Bland. Authorities have released the autopsy of the woman who died in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell last week and say the results support the police's claim that she committed suicide and that it was not a homicide. 

Authorities said her hands did not have any injuries, AP reports. There were abrasions found on her wrist that show that she did undergo a struggle while being handcuffed. Officials also claim that there were marks on Bland's neck.

(Photo: AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Buzzfeed News reports that on her left wrist there were scabs from "cut marks” that were at least 2 to 4 weeks old and were not recent, according to the Waller County Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam.

Additionally, Bland's sister Sharon Cooper said that Bland had a history of epilepsy, but she did not have any seizures in recent years and was not on medication. On a police document questionnaire, jailers noted that Bland had been taking medication for epilepsy. But Bland had circled "no" when asked on a separate document if she was taking medication. 

Amid the inconsistent information provided by the Waller County police, some are speculating whether Bland was alive while she was taking her mugshot. Some tweeted that it appears that Bland is lying down on the ground while the photo is being taken.

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