Courtesy of RawStory:
Grieving friends and family of Sandra Bland want to know how the 28-year-old wound up dead in a Texas jail cell, and they don’t believe the story they’re being told by Waller County authorities.
Bland, who was outspoken about racism and police brutality, had just gotten a new job at her alma matter, Texas Prairie View A&M, and was on her way from the Chicago suburb of Naperville to her new home near Houston when she was stopped by police for failing to signal during a lane change on Friday afternoon, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The simple traffic stop escalated, according to video of the arrest that has emerged on YouTube. In the video, which does not show the beginning of the encounter, shows officers top of Blandas she cries out that they had slammed her head into the ground and were being too rough with her. An officer is seen telling the person shooting the video to leave.
“You just slammed my head into the ground,” Bland yells as she is being arrested. “Do you not even care about that? I can’t even hear!”
She was arrested for assaulting a police officer, according to news reports. Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith claimed she “had been combative on the side of the road.”
On Monday morning, jailers found her dead, and officials attributed it to self-inflicted asphyxiation.
Sweet Jesus, you just know that this young, beautiful woman about to start a new job, did not commit suicide.
Vox has a video of an interview with her sisters. It is heartbreaking.
When is this going to stop?