DETROIT (CBS DETROIT/AP) – Dashcam video of the traffic stop of Sandra Bland has been released by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The 51- minute video shows the traffic stop by a Texas state trooper and subsequent arrest of Bland.
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Bland, a black woman from the Chicago area was in Texas for work, she was allegedly stopped for a lane change infraction on July 10, the exchange between Bland and Brian T. Encinia, a state trooper, ended in her arrest.
Bland was found dead in her jail cell three days later.
The arrest and death of Bland, ruled a suicide, has garnered national attention and renewed focus on racial tensions between law enforcement and minorities.
Bland’s family has said she was looking forward to starting a new job northwest of Houston and wouldn’t contemplate suicide.
Cannon Lambert, an attorney for Sandy Bland’s family, said Wednesday at a news conference in suburban Chicago that Bland had just bought groceries and was ecstatic about her new job when she was pulled over July 10 in Texas.
Bland was found dead three days later and the medical examiner called her death suicide by hanging. Her family and friends dispute the finding.
Lambert and Bland’s sister, Sharon Cooper, said the story shouldn’t focus on her death, but why she was arrested and jailed.
The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
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