Charges were dropped against the former Texas State Trooper who was indicted for perjury in connection with the sudden and mysterious death of motorist Sandra Bland, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Brian Encinia, who was the only officer to face charges, arrested Bland, 28, during a traffic stop on July 10, 2015. Bland was unable to post the $5,000 bail associated with her case, thus she was kept in police custody. Bland’s dead body was found in her cell three days later and the nation demanded answers for her shocking death.
As a result of Bland’s death, Encinia was indicted and charged with perjury for making a false statement about the arrest. On Wednesday, papers filed at the Waller County Courthouse in Houston revealed the charges against Encinia have been dismissed.
Over a year ago, a grand jury determined Encinia lied when he reported he removed Bland from her car to conduct a safer traffic investigation. This statement was contradicted by the dash cam footage, which showed Encinia threatening to “yank” Bland from her vehicle and use his stun gun on her. Encinia also told Bland that he would “light you up” when she refused to put out her cigarette and step out of her vehicle.
Encinia was fired in March 2016 after the indictment.