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Sandra Bland Lawyers Push for Unreleased Files

Sandra Bland

The family of Sandra Bland is asking a judge to reject arguments from Texas that state Department of Public Safety reports related to the 28-year-old Black woman’s arrest, jailing and death last summer should be withheld from them.

The state says it has immunity from damages sought in a lawsuit Bland’s family filed after she died in a county jail three days after a contentious traffic stop.

Texas lawyers also contend police records can be withheld under a “law enforcement privilege” that protects files in an ongoing investigation.

The latest motion was filed Friday.

The trooper who arrested the Chicago-area woman is charged with perjury for allegedly lying when he claimed in an affidavit that Bland was “combative and uncooperative” after he pulled her over.

A medical examiner ruled Bland’s death a suicide.