After footage of Encinia and Bland’s encounter was released to the public, suspicions of editing and Encinia’s own account of the incident were called out. In the police report, the officer says he asked Bland to exit the vehicle to continue with his investigation.
The video shows he actually opened the door to Bland’s Hyundai after pulling out his stun gun.
He also argued with her about her cigarette, another factor leading to their confrontation.
Officer Brian Encina (while writing ticket): You seem very irritated.
Sandra Bland: I am, I really am…..(something slightly unintelligible, about how she was just “getting out of your way”)
Encina: Are you done?
Bland: You asked me what was wrong and I told you….
Encina: Mind putting out your cigarette please?
Bland: I’m in my car, why do I have to put out my cigarette?
Encina: You can step on out now.
Bland: I don’t have to step out of my car.
Encina: Step out of the car….
Bland: You do not have the right….
Encina: Now step out or I will remove you…I’m giving you a lawful order get out of the car now or I’m gonna remove you…
Bland: I’m calling my lawyer.
Encina: I’m gonna yank you out of here….
Bland: Don’t touch me, I’m not under arrest.
Encina: You are under arrest.
Bland: I’m under arrest for what ? For what?…
Encina: Get out of the car now!
DPS Director Steve McCraw and Texas State Senator Royce West have released brief statements about the case.
McCraw told the Washington Post today that Encinia did not display proper conduct.
“Regardless of the situation, the DPS state trooper has an obligation to exhibit professionalism and be courteous,” said DPS Director Steve McCraw. “That did not happen in this situation.”
When asked by reporters if Sandra Bland caused her own death, West said “no.”
He also added that she didn’t deserve to be arrested in the first place.
A jailer who was the last to talk with Bland before her body was found in her cell on the morning of July 13, told Channel 2 News she showed no signs of depression during the three days she was held there.
The deputy, who asked that his identity not be revealed, said he stopped by to check on Bland around 7 a.m. that morning and remembered their conservation as lighthearted.
“I said have you been eating?”
“Kinda, sorta, not really.” Bland responded.
“So, I jokingly said, you better start eating woman, cause you can’t afford to lose no weight. You ain’t as big as a minute.
And we both laughed just like that. She laughed with a little smirk. And I went on the rest of my rounds.”
Another deputy found Bland’s lifeless body in her cell about two hours later. Investigators say she’d fashioned a noose out of a plastic garbage bag, and hanged herself while still seated. Her death was ruled a suicide, but is still under investigation by Texas Rangers and the Waller County district attorney.
Image of plastic bag found in Bland’s cell was revealed.
Encinia is on administrative duty until the investigation is complete. The FBI is currently working with Texas Rangers on the case after Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston labeled Bland’s death a suicide.
Her family has hired an independent medical examiner; that autopsy is scheduled to release results in the next few days.
A friend found the recording days after he learned of Bland’s death
A friend of Sandra Bland discovered a voicemail from the woman who died in police custody days after he learned of her death.
LaVaughn Mosley says he hadn’t noticed the message and two missed calls Bland had placed from jail. In the recording, Bland says,
“Hey, this is me. I’m, um—I just was able to see the judge. I don’t really know. They got me held at a $5,000 bond. I’m, I’m still just at a loss for words, honestly, about this whole process.
How this switching lanes with no signal turned into all of this, I don’t know. Um, but I’m still here, so I guess call me back when you can. Bye.”
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