A grand jury has decided no felony crime was committed by the sheriff's office or jailers in the treatment of Sandra Bland this summer.
But prosecutor Darrell Jordan said the Waller County grand jury reached no decision on whether the trooper who arrested 28-year-old Sandra Bland should face charges.
The Chicago-area woman was pulled over July 10 by a Texas state trooper for making an improper lane change. Dashcam video showed their interaction quickly became confrontational and she was arrested for assault.
Bland was taken in handcuffs to the county jail and remained there when she couldn’t raise about $500 for bail. She was discovered dead in her jail cell three days later, hanging from a cell partition.
In the days after her death, county authorities released video from the jail to dispel rumors and conspiracy theories that Bland was dead before she arrived at the jail or was killed while in custody.
Waller County jailers should have checked on her more frequently and the county should have performed mental evaluations once she disclosed she had a history of attempting suicide. Brand’s mother contends that the trooper who arrested her daughter, Brian Encinia, falsified the assault allegation and that jail personnel failed to keep her daughter safe.
Encinia, who in June completed a year-long probationary stint as a new trooper, has been on administrative duty since the Bland death.