Sandra Bland’s Family Skeptical of Grand Jury Proceedings
The grand jury overseeing the case of Sandra Bland in Waller County, Texas, has decided not to indict anyone in connection with the woman’s mysterious death in a jail cell in July. Attorneys and Bland’s family are skeptical of the entire proceedings regarding the decision. “A secret process where secret evidence is presented to secret grand jurors is not one we can trust or have confidence in,” Bland’s sister Sharon Cooper shared in a Facebook post.
The decision was shared with the public on Monday after 11 hours of deliberation from the Waller County grand jury. Bland’s death was ultimately ruled a suicide by medical examiners. She was found in her jail cell on July 12, hanging by a plastic garbage bag. “The biggest problem for me is the entire process, the secrecy of it all,” Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal told NBC Chicago in a news conference on Monday. “We have no faith in system. It is not inclusive,” said the family’s attorney Cannon Lambert. “Five months after her death and her family still has concerns and questions.” Brian Encinia originally pulled over the 28-year-old on July 10 for allegedly failing to change lanes properly. Dash cam footage released later that week showed Bland refusing to get out of the car before Encinia held a stun gun and shouted at her: “Get out of the car! I will light you up!” Bland’s family is not happy with the decision and continues to doubt her death was a suicide. “Something bad happened and something that happened to her shouldn’t have happened,” Reed-Veal shared with NBC Chicago.