Full Dash-Cam Video of Sandra Bland's Stop
(Video starts with the officer giving another driver a warning then around 7 minutes in he stops Sandra Bland. at the 8:40 Mark is when Officer Encinia orders Ms Bland out of the car.)
Days before Sandra Bland was found dead in her Texas jail cell the arresting officer threatened to use his Taser during the traffic stop after he "ordered" Ms Bland to step out of her because she refused to put out her cigarette.
State trooper Brian Encinia pulled Sandra Bland over on July 10 for allegedly failing to signal when she changed lanes. The Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday released a 52-minute video showing the traffic stop that led to Bland's arrest on a charge of assault on a public servant.
The camera does not show the officer brutalizing Sandra Bland but the altercation can be heard.
Encinia repeatedly orders Bland to exit her car after she refuses to put out a cigarette.
"I'm going to yank you out of here," he shouts as he leans into her open car door. "I will light you up," he says shortly afterward with his Taser in his hand.
"You're doing all this for a failure to signal," Bland tells him upon climbing out of her car. Much of what happens next occurs off camera, but their argument is clear.
"You're about to break my wrist," Bland says. She also complains that he slammed her head on the ground.
Encinia claimed in an affidavit that Bland swung her elbows and kicked him when he attempted to put her in handcuffs.
She was taken to the Walker County jail and on July 13, she was found hanged to death in her cell by a plastic garbage bag. The Harris County Medical Examiner's office ruled that Bland's death was a suicide, but her family and friends don't believe it.