Texas House Committee looks into Sandra Bland case

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AUSTIN - From traffic stops and racial profiling, to obeying the law and knowing your rights. These were just some of the  concerns brought into question following the death of Sandra Bland, who died in the Waller County Jail.

Thursday, in Austin, the House Committee on County Affairs heard hours worth of evaluations of how law enforcement in Texas interacts with the public.

Garnet Coleman, Texas House Committee on County Affairs Chairman, says  "There is a concern about aggressive policing in particularly when it comes to African-Americans. We knew that there was 'driving while black' and there was a solution, dash cams; and those dash cams in Cincinnati have given us a lot of understanding about what actually happens."

Even though Bland's death was ruled a suicide, many argue she would still be alive, if she had not been arrested.

Community activist Juanita Spears says, "We need to do something in regards to ethics, in regards to glitches in the system."

There's been a call to review jail policies and police procedures when it comes to dealing with mentally ill inmates and suspects.

Coleman added,  "One of my main concerns is the number of troopers that are going to be hired for border security, and if the training isn't robust enough then there may be future problems."

One thing we all can agree on, change is in the air.

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