Texas Assholes Now Claiming Sandra Bland Smoked Marijuana While In Custody!!!!

Courtesy of Reuters:

Sandra Bland, the black woman found hanging dead in a Texas jail days after a traffic stop, smoked or possibly swallowed a large amount of marijuana while in custody, her family’s attorney reported the district attorney as saying.

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis made the disclosure in a text message to attorney Cannon Lambert, who has called the state’s autopsy on the Chicago-area woman defective, Lambert said.

“Looking at the autopsy results and toxicology, it appears she swallowed a large quantity of marijuana or smoked it in the jail,” Mathis said in a text message to Lambert that the attorney provided to Reuters.

Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the text. Repeated calls to Mathis’ office were not returned.

“This will of course be very relevant in any future criminal or civil litigation,” the message from Mathis to Lambert said.

Bland was pulled over on July 10 near Prairie View, Texas, northwest of Houston, for failing to signal a lane change. After the incident escalated into an altercation between her and the trooper, Bland was taken into custody and charged with assaulting an officer. She was found hanging in her jail cell on July 13 with a plastic trash bag around her neck.

Her death was originally ruled a suicide, although officials have said they are handling it as a murder probe.

This is simply unbelievable. She was arrested for smoking a cigarette in her own car. Then she was assaulted and incarcerated. I suspect that once that piece of shit trooper watched her get out of the car and saw that she was towering over him, his little dick syndrome really kicked in.

To expect people to now believe that the autopsy was botched (how do you botch an autopsy), oh yeah, I forgot, they probably forgot to  mention the marijauna in her system. They want her body back now, probably to plant a big wad of it somewhere.

I hope her mother refuses.

And why on page three of this police document, do they have different print dates?

Why is her mug shot picture so dark? I

When was the last time that anyone actually heard from Sandra? I am not buying this Monday morning suicide at all.

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26 Responses to Texas Assholes Now Claiming Sandra Bland Smoked Marijuana While In Custody!!!!

  1. 40Watt says:

    I also asked this question on PG. The answer may be out there and but I can’t find a clear account.

    We know she left this voice mail to her friend –
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-sandra-bland-20150723-story.html#page=1

    We also know that she contacted the main control room, via intercom, at 7:55 a.m. asking how to make a phone call. At 9 a.m. she was found dead.

    Surely the phone call you can listen to above was the one made an hour before her death – and how could it not be as she apparently didn’t know how to make a phone call before that – does that sound like someone who is about to kill herself and/or is under the influence of a large quantity of marijuana?

    • irishgirl999 says:

      Do we know that that is indeed the time that she contacted the control room? For sure?

      • 40Watt says:

        No. All we know is what has been reported and frankly it’s impossible to know what is true and what isn’t.

        There are so many questions about this one small thing, the phone call. I see no reporters asking them. We need proof of when the call was made. Where was the phone she used? Did she have to leave her cell to make the call? If so, who went with her? When she asked her friend to “call back if you can” s/he would be calling who? where? If they had given Sandra back her phone, why did she need to find out how to use it? Where is her phone now?

  2. 40Watt says:

    “I hope her mother refuses.”

    If I was her lawyer, I would demand the presence of two witnesses: the lawyer and a forensic pathologist of the family’s choice. Failing that, no dice.

  3. 40Watt says:

    I think we need to try and wait to see if and when we get a half decent accounting.

    Ms. Bland had as many as 30 cuts on her left forearm, some recently healed and scarred, and others scabbed, indicating that they were two to four weeks old, he said, and were consistent with being self-infliected. Preliminary testing showed marijuana in her system, but he said the results of a more accurate test were still pending.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/24/us/autopsy-of-sandra-bland-finds-injuries-consistent-with-suicide-prosecutor-says.html?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&region=Footer&module=WhatsNext&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&moduleDetail=undefined&pgtype=Multimedia

  4. In the south, a young, African-American woman who refuses to obey a white cop even to the point of a physical confrontation would, in earlier days, be called “uppity.”

    Like so many offensive racist terms about African-Americans, “uppity” is packed with insult: it degrades and dismisses any and all dissent or disrespect, whether expressed or merely perceived and regardless of cause or rectitude, as mere contrarianism and orneriness. It also says she has neither the right nor any reason good enough to disobey a white person. And it belittles her resistance as so futile that it’s inconsequential — a trivialization that extends even to onomatopaeia: she’s not “militant” or “vehement” or “uncompromising” or even “stubborn.”

    Naw … she jus bein’ “uppity.”

    The reverse is, to a far lesser degree, also true: to racists, among the things they find most disrespectful, insulting and infuriating are “uppity n——” … because “how dare they!”

    In the arrest video, Bland’s statements make it clear that the reason she’s resisting is because she feels her civil rights are being violated and she will not stand for it. Clearly, she’s only going to keep on fighting until forcibly prevented from doing so … no way is she going to back off and humble herself into passivity.

    The video also reveals that from the get-go, the arresting officer’s attitude is brusque, curt and even rude which almost immediately rises to belligerence. At no point does he appear to try — or even consider trying — to ease the situation. When she refuses to get out of her car, his virtually-reflexive reaction is to treat her not as a person, but as a thing: he simply reaches in, grabs her and starts trying to pull her out of the vehicle.

    These days, an “angry black woman” pulled over by a “redneck, bubba cop” is not just a confrontation waiting to happen. Since it’s been waiting to happen for about 400 years, it’s more like a landmine: it doesn’t take much pressure at all to make it explode.

    Let’s add a little of the area’s history for context:

    “Waller County had among the highest numbers of lynchings in the state between 1877 and 1950 …”

    (snip)

    “In 2004, students at Prairie View A&M fought and won a battle over their right to vote in the county. District Attorney Oliver Kitzman claimed the students were ineligible to vote in Waller County and could only cast ballots in their home counties, despite clear Supreme Court precedent showing they were allowed to register. Kitzman threatened to prosecute any student who voted.”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/sandra-bland-waller-county-racism/398975/

    Bland graduated with a degree in agriculture from historically-black Prairie View A&M University, then moved to Illinois, but was returning to the area, excited about a new job at her alma mater, when she was arrested. (What her job was to be, I was unable to find.)

    IOW, she KNEW THE AREA. She went to school there, she well-acquainted not just with A&M students’ constant complaints of police harassment but with many other insidious expressions of racism — both generally in America and specifically in Waller County.

    To most of us white Americans, the endless stream of cops shooting young, unarmed African-Americans is a “tragedy,” an “issue,” a “disgrace,” etc. For blacks, I can only imagine that it must also be a warning, a threat, a hazard real enough to justify vigilance — each shooting is likely another reminder of America’s long history of racism which is fillled with uncountable inequities and outright atrocities.

    As a white person, I can tsk-tsk, shed a tear, send a check, post a comment or maybe go protest if I’m up to it — but I can always turn the page and think about something else. For Sandra Bland, the many facets of racism are, I assume, inescapable facts of her daily life — including the severe consequences that can be dealt to any blacks who refuse to stand for such inhuman treatment.

    STILL, faced with what she considered an illegal arrest, she didn’t hesitate to resist even when it turned violent.

    Now, when such a person is hauled away, put through the booking process (including filling out a long questionaire), her possessions are taken away and she’s left sitiing in a cell, would she REALLY become so despondent, depressed and desperate as to improvise a noose out of a garbage bag and commit suicide?

    IMHO, someone like Sandra would be FAR more likely to react with anger, resistance, defiance and discourtesy. She’d cooperate only with unwillingness, obey only with obvious reluctance and disdain.

    Any of her white jailers who still subscribe to the area’s age-old racism would surely feel the latter behavior was “uppity,’ and because few things punch a racist’s buttons like an “uppity n——,” it’s a virtual certainty they’d get MAD, highly likely they feel she shouldn’ “get away” with it, and very possible that, since she was confined and under their control, they could and should “really teach her a lesson” with total impunity.

    I know this is post is over-long, over-simplified and totally speculative, but still … what do you think?

    Would a woman of only 100 pounds or so who takes on a fully armed cop twice her weight be more likely to kill herself after 3 days of incarceration or piss off racists who could kill her and most likely get away with it?

    (If anything here is racist, it’s inadvertent, due only to ignorance and I’d welcome a correction because that’s the polar opposite of what I intended).

  5. irishgirl999 says:

    I believe that I read somewhere that her new job involved counselling or being involved with student affairs.

    I fully agree with you about the uppity n_____.. I think her disdainful attitude and knowledge of her rights drove that cop wild. He was having none of it and was looking for an excuse to exacerbate the situation, which he did. She was actually very polite to him until he threatened to taser her and then all hell broke loose.

    Without a doubt, he profiled her. He did a u-turn and was tailgating her before she ever pulled over.

    I suppose it is possible that she committed suicide. I’m trying to look at it from every perspective. Maybe she was despondent that her family hadn’t bailed her out yet, her friend wasn’t answering his phone and what was going to happen to her new job.

    Having said all of that, I think if she was sassy enough to give that cop a piece of her mind, then I find it hard to believe that she just gave up and decided to end it all. She was a black activist!!

    I don’t think that the autopsy proves much. She could have been handcuffed and then hanged – no defensive wounds! Why didn’t they notice the cut marks on her arm earlier. That should have sent off alarm bells and she should have been placed on suicide watch. What did the black cop throw into the rubbish bin as the EMT crew arrived? I read a comment today by a black man in Texas who said that the black cops were even worse than the white cops because they were trying to prove a point.

    Why did she look so bad in her mugshot? When was that taken? When exactly did she ring her friend? There are still a lot of questions to be answered.

    And none of this would have happened if she hadn’t been perceived to be an uppity n_______ by that racist cop.

  6. irishgirl999 says:

    I saw this in The Guardian and wanted to save it.

    AlexeiK Anjeska 5h ago

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    The public has not seen the autopsy report itself. Assistant DA Diepraam has lots of experience prosecuting DUI cases but what are his credentials in forensic pathology? Why isn’t the pathologist speaking? What good is a lawyer at explaining such technical things requiring specialist knowledge and experience? He’s surely good at innuendo and obfuscation though.

    Diepraam claims that marijuana metabolizes very fast. Sure, THC, the fun stuff, gets out of your system within eight hours if you’re a frequent user, less if a casual puffer. But as THC metabolizes, it becomes 9-carboxy-THC, which stays in the systems for days. Up to seven days in the urine of infrequent users. Up to two weeks in the blood of frequent users.

    Naturally, tests for weed normally look for 9-carboxy-THC. If the pathologist found pure THC, there’s no way it had been injected three days earlier. If they found 9-carboxy-THC, it could have gotten in the system back in June (especially if she smoked regularly).

    The problem is that Diepraam is not in a position to talk about these things – he’s the wrong kind of guy – and they haven’t released the autopsy and toxicology reports. We have to rely on the word of a Texas lawyer with a so-so reputation for honesty and zero understanding of science.

  7. 40Watt says:

    “The public has not seen the autopsy report itself”

    I have – http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.texastribune.org/media/documents/BLAND_Autopsy_Report.pdf

    • irishgirl999 says:

      “The public has not seen the autopsy report itself”

      I believe that was written a day or many hours ago…I just wanted to save the biochemistry of how weed is broken down (for future reference).

      Thank you for the autopsy report.

      • 40Watt says:

        Yes, and that’s very useful information. I certainly don’t know anything at all about these things.

        I didn’t mean it to look so much like a response on my part as wanting to put the full report out there for anyone who has not seen it.

      • irishgirl999 says:

        I really meant thank you.

  8. 40Watt says:

    “I really meant thank you.” LOL! And I really knew that. 💝

  9. 40Watt says:

    Why I’m Not Ready To Rule Out Suicide In the Case of Sandra Bland

    Not only do I believe that the impacts of violence against Black bodies could push someone to mentally breaking, I also refuse to say Sandra Bland didn’t commit suicide because she is “not that type of person”. It is dangerous to push that narrative because it implies that there is a type, and does not leave room for nuanced discussions of mental health in the face of violence.

    There is not a type of person who commits suicide. There are red flags for some people, ranging from a history of depression to past attempts, but I believe anyone can reach a breaking point. The only “evidence” that says she was not “that type of person” is the archetype of the “strong Black woman,” which does not allow for Sandra Bland to be a full human being who was impacted by trauma. This narrative also paints suicide as weakness. And for me, as someone who lives with depression and suicidal thoughts, suicide has always lingered in the back of my head as the option to say I am strong enough to walk away from this life of fighting systems that seek to destroy me.

    The shifting of suicide from a position of weakness is why I want us to not take suicide off the table and to recognize the power within that action, if she did commit suicide. Sandra, from the beginning, refused to give up her power. And in that jail cell suicide may have been a form of resistance and an astounding statement of self-love. A statement saying I will not give you the power to kill me and I love myself enough to not endure you killing me slowly.

    http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2015/07/why-not-ready-rule-out-suicide-in-the-case-of-sandra-bland/

    This entire article shouts out to be read. The paragraphs I have quoted reflect what I have been wanting to say but could never have said so well.

    • irishgirl999 says:

      Thanks for the above links guys. At this stage I really don’t know what to think!

    • THANK YOU for that link!

      Police harassment is a traumatic injustice yet so many African-Americans have endured multiple incidents and for some it’s a regular — even predictable — occurence.

      I don’t know Bland’s history but if we knew for sure that video captured the 5TH TIME she’d been rudely detained by arrogant, white cops then I’d say her behavior was remarkably restrained.

      O/T: you probably hear this all the time but you’re waaaaay too bright to be a mere 40Watt. (Just sayin’ not flirtin’.)

  10. Found a great article! It’s a moment-by-moment legal evaluation of Bland’s arrest by Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

    “10 Things About The Sandra Bland Traffic Stop Every Texan Should Know”

    Excerpt:

    “The trooper asks, ‘You mind putting out your cigarette please?’ And Ms. Bland says, ‘Well, I’m in my car – why do I have to put out my cigarette?’ Does she have to put out her cigarette?

    “’No, she doesn’t have to put out her cigarette. And you wonder why the officer is even bothering with that. This is part of his escalation of the whole event that unfolded, unfortunately.’

    “The next part: ‘Step out of the car.’ Ms. Bland says, ‘You do not have the right.’ He interrupts – ‘I do have the right, step out of the car or I will remove you.’ Does he have the right, first, to order her to step out of the car, and second, to actually physically remove her from the car?

    “’He does not have the right to say get out of the car. He has to express some reason. “I need to search your car,” or, whatever; he needs to give a reason. He can’t just say “get out of the car” for a traffic offense.’ …”

    http://www.texasstandard.org/shows/current/10-things-about-the-sandra-bland-traffic-stop-every-texan-should-know/

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