Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Former Texas Trooper Brian Encinia

Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, recently received $1.9 million, the full balance of the federal wrongful death settlement with state and Waller County officials.

Bland, a 28-year-old black woman, was stopped by a Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia on a rural road in Waller County on July 10, 2015, for allegedly changing lanes without using her blinker. She ended up in the county lockup for resisting arrest and was found asphyxiated in her jail cell three days later. Her death was ruled a suicide. Anti-racism activists cited her case as a glaring example of the disparate treatment of African Americans by law enforcement.
Brian Encinia lost his job and faces a misdemeanor perjury charge stemming from conduct in the Bland case. Bland's mother sued Encinia and other law enforcement and jail officials for special, punitive and compensatory damages and emotional anguish, in a civil rights matter in federal court in the Southern District of Texas. A former guard made a statement under oath -- during his deposition -- that he falsified the jail records, indicating he had checked Bland's cell the morning of July 13, 2015, when, in reality, he didn't.
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(CNN)The Texas trooper who stopped Sandra Bland for allegedly failing to use her signal while changing lanes threatened her with a Taser and said: "I will light you up!" Authorities on Tuesday released dashcam video of the July 10 traffic stop revealing new details about a case that has captured national attention.
Bland, 28, was found dead inside a cell at the Waller County Jail three days later.

Brian Encinia
Bland asks at least 10 times about why she is being arrested before Encinia replies she is resisting arrest. In his arrest warrant, Encinia wrote that Bland was pulled over for failing to signal a lane change and he “had Bland exit the vehicle to further conduct a safe traffic investigation.”
According to Encinia, “Bland became combative and uncooperative.”

“Numerous commands were given to Bland ordering her to exit the vehicle,” Encinia wrote. “Bland was removed from the car but became more combative.” He added that Bland was handcuffed “for officer safety”
“Force was used to subdue Bland to the ground to which Bland continued to fight back,” he added.

Bland was charged with assault on a public servant then booked in the Waller County Jail, where she later died.

After watching the dashcam video, Texas State Senator Royce West said at a press conference that it’s clear she never should have been arrested.