#SayHerName: Sandra Bland's Arresting Officer Fired

Sandra Bland, Brian Encinia

#SayHerName: Sandra Bland's Arresting Officer Fired

Brian Encinia was fired for failing to dispute disciplinary charges.

Published March 3, 2016

Since Sandra Bland’s death was ruled a suicide, her arresting officer, Brian Encinia, has been sitting pretty on desk duty, receiving full pay. Until now.

After being indicted on perjury charges in December, Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw announced the agency would begin the process of firing Encinia, according to the Associated Press.

Despite his failed efforts to overturn the agency’s decision — his last reported meeting with McCraw was in February — Encinia signed his termination letter on Wednesday. 

The Texas trooper stopped Bland on June 10, 2015, for a reported failure to signal before switching lanes. Things got ugly between the officer and the then 28-year-old Black woman when she reportedly refused to put out her cigarette and get out of her vehicle, to which Encinia, who was holding a stun gun, yelled, “I will light you up!”

The incident was caught on dash-cam and Bland was arrested. Just three days later she was found hanging and dead in her Waller County Jail cell. To the shock of her family and loved ones, Bland’s death was ruled a suicide by the county coroner.

(Photos from left: Waller County Sheriff’s Office via AP File, Sandra Bland via Facebook)

Written by Zayda Rivera


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