WALLER COUNTY, TX – A grand jury has decided that no one should be indicted in connection with the death of Sandra Bland who was found dead inside a Waller County jail cell over the summer.
Special prosecutor to the case says grand jurors will meet again on January 6 to discuss matters related to the case.
Earlier in the day, Sandra Bland’s family held a press conference in Chicago to express their concerns of the proceedings.
Sharon Cooper, Sandra Bland’s sister, says “We feel that the grand jury process and the secretiveness of it is reflective of our experience with Waller County officials to date, in terms of what has been furnished to us. What is of mere… what is so imperative for us to know, is what is, what’s included in the Texas Rangers’ report, which is the law enforcement entity that is supposed to be investigating this in-custody death. The fact that five months after Sandy’s passing we don’t have that report, that gives us cause for concern. And so it gives us also questions around if this report, if it hasn’t been furnished to the family, if it is something that will indeed be furnished to the grand jury, which is so important in this case, coupled with the police report that is – should purportedly entail the findings and everything that actually happened in the stop that lead to Sandra’s detainment and ultimately her death. So there are a myriad of things that we have not been given as a family. And if it hasn’t been furnished to us as a family, we have those very same concerns that it would not be furnished to the grand jury. And if it were, it would be information that we still would not be privy to five months after our sister and daughter’s death.”
Bland family attorney Cannon Lambert added, ““The district attorney in Waller County when this whole situation took form, announced that he would be addressing this as a murder. Or as a homicide. Now in the event that that is the case, it is difficult for us to understand and appreciate how it is that the instrument of death could not be tested for purposes of seeing what fingerprints if any is on that ligature. It is, as Larry said, a secretive process. We don’t have an opportunity to question witnesses. We do not have any opportunity to submit evidence. This family is being made to deal with the rumors associated with the grand jury, in the face of not even having the most significant information that is set out in the… Texas Rangers report.”