Death of Sandra Bland being investigated like a murder; DPS releases dash cam video

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UPDATE: DPS released video of the traffic stop of Sandra Bland which can be seen below (the traffic stop starts at 2:45 in the video).

Editor’s Note: Graphic language used in the video


WALLER COUNTY, TX - What happened to Sandra Bland? It’s a question that’s still being asked despite the findings of the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office.

The autopsy report claims the 28-year-old committed suicide after using a trash bag to hang herself.  Bland’s family and friends say the young woman who had just returned to Texas to start a new job at Prairie View A&M, would never take her own life.

Texas state Senator Royce West is looking for answers as well, as he met with Texas Rangers, the DPS, and the FBI on Tuesday. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis says it is too early to determine what actually happened to Bland.

Mathis and his investigators are treating Bland's death like a murder investigation and plan on running whatever forensic tests necessary to determine if anyone other than Bland touched the trash bag used to take her life.

DPS Releases Video of Sandra Bland Traffic Stop

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) leadership today briefed state leaders in Prairie View, Texas, on the ongoing Sandra Bland investigation. Today DPS is also making available the dash camera video from the traffic stop of her vehicle on July 10, 2015.

“DPS has been working closely with the family of Ms. Bland during this investigation, and the department extends our sincere condolences for their tragic loss,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “It is important that her family has confidence in the efficacy of this investigation, which is why the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney originally requested investigative assistance from the Texas Rangers; and it’s also why DPS requested the FBI assist in this investigation.”

“This team of investigators is committed to conducting a throrough and impartial investigation. When the Texas Rangers and FBI investigation is complete, it will be turned over for review by the District Attorney, who has indicated it will also be brought before a grand jury,” said Director McCraw.

Pending the outcome of the investigation, Trooper Brian Encinia, who conducted the traffic stop, has been assigned administrative duties. Once the investigation has concluded, any violations of DPS protocols or procedures will be addressed.