Sandra Bland’s wrongful death lawsuit has come to an end.
In July 2015, Bland was pulled over by police for failing to use her turn signal. Due to the hostility from Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, the officer who pulled her over, Bland’s arrest caused outrage across the country, specifically from the Black Lives Matter movement.
After Encinia asked Bland to put her cigarette out upon pulling her over, Bland refused, so he proceeded to try to pull her out of the vehicle. He then aimed a Taser at Bland and arrested her. However, he refused to tell her why she was being arrested.
Later, in the arrest warrant, Encinia said he arrested Bland, because she was being “combative and uncooperative.”
Three days later, Bland’s body was, tragically, found hanging in her prison cell. Authorities said her death was a suicide, but her family knew she would never kill herself.
It was later found that the prison guards violated policies by failing to do timely checks on the inmates. One guard checked on Bland at 7 a.m. that morning, but no one checked on her again until 8:55 a.m. The policy of the prison is that there must be a “visual, face-to-face observation of all inmates by jailers no less than once every 60 minutes.”
After filing a wrongful death lawsuit, CNN confirmed that Bland’s family will receive $1.9 million.
Despite the family receiving the large settlement, the prison did not admit to any fault or any wrongdoings in Bland’s death.
It is good to hear that this tragic situation has come to an end. The $1.9 million will never replace Bland, but hopefully this settlement can help the family begin to heal.