WALLER COUNTY, TX - The family of a Waller County woman found dead in her jail cell on Monday has retained an attorney with plans to launch an independent investigation into Sandra Bland's death.
That attorney, Cannon D. Lambert, of the Karchmar & Lambert firm in Chicago, Ill., released a statement saying: "The family of Sandra Bland is confident that she was killed and did not commit suicide."
According to the Waller County Sheriff's Office, Bland, 28, was not breathing when deputies checked on her around 9 a.m. Monday. They started CPR, but it was too late. They claim she died from 'self-inflicted asphyxiation.'
"She was never the kind of person to do this to herself," said Alexandria Delacruz, Bland's sorority sister. "She would never hurt herself."
A DPS trooper arrested Bland on Friday, June 10 for assault on a public servant.
"She was a strong, feisty woman. She had a lot of spunk to herself. She didn't take any crap from anybody, but she would never hurt anybody unless they gave her a reason to," said Delacruz.
A GoFundMe account for Bland describes her as an amazing person with a bright smile and spunky personality, who was on her way to beginning a new life chapter, not someone who was suicidal.