Sheila Jackson Lee asks Department of Justice to investigate Sandra Bland’s death

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HOUSTON, TX - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is calling on the Department of Justice to look into Sandra Bland's death.

Bland died last Monday while in custody at the Waller County Jail. State troopers had arrested her for assault while being stopped for a traffic violation.

"Someone's child died. Some young woman died that this family loves, and we owe them an explanation," Congresswoman Lee said. "I cannot sense under the facts that I know now that a 28 year old young woman, excited about a new job, posed a threat to anybody in Waller County, including any law enforcement officer."

The congresswoman has asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to begin an inquiry. Previously, the Waller County Sheriff's Office said Bland's death was a suicide.

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