The suspicious death of Sandra Bland has reportedly been solved. Meanwhile, prosecutors continue to investigate the officer who arrested her.
NBC coverage of the Sandra Bland story reveals how the 28-year-old woman died in a Texas jail after being taken into custody. She had been pulled over for reportedly failing to signal when changing lanes. This news comes after suspicious dashcam footage was released in which the arresting officer yells to Bland, "I will light you up!"
Medical examiners have officially ruled the death of Sandra Bland a suicide by hanging. The autopsy indicates there was no evidence of a violent struggle and that there were no defensive injuries on Bland's hands other than the abrasions on her wrists consistent with a struggle that took place when she was being handcuffed. .
Warren Diepraam, the first assistant district attorney of Waller County, released the findings at a press conference. He said prosecutors had "full faith" in the state forensics agency that conducted the autopsy.
Yesterday we reported on how the dashcam video released by the Texas Department of Public Safety appeared to be edited. The missing pieces of the video had many people, like independent journalist Ben Norton, looking into whether police had possibly been trying to cover something up.
But by the end of the day, results from the autopsy had been released and the manner of death declared.
Forms filled out for Bland from the jail appear to show that she told jailers she tried to commit suicide last year, and that she had been "very depressed" in the past. But reports state that the answers on the forms are inconsistent.
In yesterday's press conference,
Diepraam said there were about 30 cuts on Bland's wrists, and that the scarring suggests they were made two to four weeks ago, well before her arrest.
The only injury to her neck or head was a "uniform and consistent" mark consistent with a suicide by hanging, not a violent strangling.
District Attorney Elton Mathis told NBC News,
"This is of course an ongoing investigation, as far as any criminal culpability on the behalf of the trooper we are treating that the same way we are with the jail death." He added that he would "reserve judgment" until the investigation was complete.
Even though Sandra's death has been ruled a suicide, I think the officer who arrested her should face consequences for his actions. Check out the video here to see why.
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