#SayHerName $1.9 Milllion Awarded To Family Of Sandra Bland In Settlement

September 15, 2016  |  

Sandra Bland


Last July, Black Lives Matter Activist Sandra Bland was found dead in a jail cell with her death ruled as a suicide. The incidents that preceded the assumed suicide sparked outrage and protest against police brutality and racial discrimination across the nation.

Sandra Bland was pulled over for allegedly failing to properly signal when merging between lanes. And the routine traffic stop escalated after an altercation occurred between Bland and police officer, Brian Encinia, who later arrested Bland for assaulting a public servant. When Bland was found dead in her jail cell three days later, Many Black Lives Matter protesters stood in solidarity, urging an investigation into her death.

Now one year later, CNN reports Bland’s family has been awarded $1.9 million in a wrongful death lawsuit settlement. While it’s hard to put a price on someone’s life, plenty would argue less than $2 million is hardly sufficient. One bright aspect in the settlement is that several changes in jail procedures are also expected to come about now, including proper cell time checks monitored by electronic sensors, continuing education for jailer screenings, and an on-duty staff nurse or medical technician for all shifts in case of emergency. These changes are significant in that they may save the lives of many black and brown bodies.

But the most important question is what’s next? What do we do about the ongoing effects of racial discrimination and police brutality? How does this win enact change systemically for the many others whose deaths were in vain?

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