Prairie View votes to rename street after Sandra Bland

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The dashcam video shows Texas state Trooper Brian Encinia pulling Bland over July 10, 2015, for allegedly failing to use her turn signal. What started as normal conversation gets testy after Encinia asks her to put out her cigarette and Bland refuses to put it out and step out of her car.

Update (6:43 p.m.): Prairie View’s City Council has voted to change the road’s name in honor of Sandra Bland.

On Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 4:27p.m., thousands of Prairie View students will join with the family and friends of Sandra Bland in a “Walk of Solidarity” to the City of Prairie View`s City Hall, where the council will vote on a measure to rename the main thoroughfare leading to Prairie View A&M University, Sandy Bland Parkway.

If the measure is adopted, the Prairie View community will make a powerful statement that #blacklivesmatter as they honor a young Black, unemployed female graduate of Prairie View, who died in a Waller County jail, under mysterious circumstances.

The “walk” will depart from the Memorial Student Center on the campus of Prairie View A&M University and proceed south (one mile) on University Drive to Business Highway U. S. 290 east, (1/4 mile) to the Prairie View City Hall.

The council action is the first item on the mayor`s agenda. The council meeting is called to order at 6:00p.m.