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Sandra Bland Recorded Video of Her Traffic Stop. It Just Became Public Three Years After Her Death.

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07.05.2019

Three years after Sandra Bland was found dead in a jail cell in Texas, a video that she took during the minor traffic stop that led to her arrest was published by a local media outlet. Bland’s death, ruled a suicide by authorities, led to nationwide protests by those who felt it was the result of yet another case of abusive behavior by white police toward black civilians. Now, Bland’s family, outraged over the video’s absence in court filings, is calling for the state to reopen the case against the state trooper who pulled her over.

The video, released by WFAA in partnership with the nonprofit Investigative Network, shows the same interaction already seen in the dashcam footage of state trooper Brian Encinia as well as in video taken by a bystander. It does not reveal any new information about the encounter, but it does underscore that the scene inside the car was not a dangerous one—at least from the officer’s perspective. Bland was clearly holding a........

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