Outrage Grows After Death of Sandra Bland in Texas Jail.
Police claim that the Illinois woman became combative after she was pulled over for a traffic stop. They arrested her, and two days later she was found dead in her jail cell. Bland’s family and friends suspect foul play.
On July 9, 28-year-old Sandra Bland of Naperville, Ill., drove to Texas to start a new job at Prairie View A&M. On July 10, police stopped Bland outside the campus for allegedly failing to signal while changing lanes. Police claim that she became combative during the stop. Bland was thrown to the ground, arrested and charged with "assault on a public servant."
On July 13, around 9 a.m., before her family could post bail, Bland was found dead inside a Waller County, Texas, jail cell. Police claim she died from "self-inflicted asphyxiation." Her family and friends are outraged; saying that the woman they know, who had just taken a new job, and had so much positive thngs going for her would never have committed suicide. Sandra Bland was an active #BlackLivesMatter activist and posted several videos in opposisiiton to police brutality.
"I do suspect foul play," a friend, Cheryl Nanton, told ABC 7. "I believe that we are all 100 percent in belief that she did not do harm to herself."
Video obtained by ABC 7 of Bland's arrest doesn't appear to show Bland being combative with officers, but does show two officers on top of Bland, who can be heard questioning the officers' methods of restraint.