Family Of Sandra Bland Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Texas State Trooper Brian Encina, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and multiple jail employees have been named in a wrongful death suit filed by the family of Sandra Bland.
According to The Washington Post, the suit argues that Encina violated the 28-year-old’s constitutional rights, and she suffered physical injury, pain and suffering, mental anguish, damages, and death as a result. They also accuse the Waller County Jail of failing to adequately conduct mandatory face-to-face checks every 60 minutes and failing to provide Bland with adequate medical attention.
“What remains constant is that she should not have been there in the first place,” said Bland’s sister Sharon Cooper.
Bland was arrested by Encina during a traffic stop on July 13. Three days after her arrest, she was found dead in a prison cell. A Texas medical examiner concluded that Bland committed suicide by asphyxiation; however, supporters and relatives do not believe that she would have taken her life.
While Encina originally told Bland that he was going to let her off with a warning during the stop, things took a dramatic turn when Bland refused to put out her cigarette. Encina forced her out of her vehicle and arrested her for assault on a public servant.
“We are looking for Waller County and the individuals involved in this situation to take accountability,” said the family’s attorney Cannon Lambert. “This family is frustrated — they’re frustrated because we don’t feel like that has happened.”