In a story generating national headlines, the family of a Chicago woman who was arrested following a police stop in Texas is questioning why she was pulled over and the details surrounding her death.
According to ABC News, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County on July 15, a few days after she was arrested following a routine traffic stop. Authorities initially ruled her death a suicide and said that she was found hanged from a plastic bag.
An FBI investigation into Bland’s death has been launched, as family members said that she had numerous positive things going on in her life and had no reason to commit suicide. Her family said that both her arrest and death make “no sense”, according to ABC News. Bland died after being detained for three days and was expected to be released the day she was found dead by jailers.
Bland was allegedly on a road trip when she was pulled over for improperly signaling a lane change, according to the Waller County Sheriff’s Department. Officials said that Bland allegedly would not respond to requests to put out a cigarette at the time of her arrest. She was charged with “Assault on a Public Servant”.
Witnesses, including one person who was filming a video when Bland was arrest, say that she was slammed onto the ground and that she was forcibly pulled from her car. A representative from the sheriff’s office said that Bland “had been combative on the side of the road.”
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It is our hope that an investigation into this Bland’s arrest and death will determine what occurred, for the sake of her family. If you are pulled over or questioned by law enforcement officials, you should remain calm. If you have been wrongfully arrested even though you remained calm or charged with a crime that you did not commit, speak to our Lewisville criminal attorneys.
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