#What Happened to Sandra Bland?
Friends and relatives of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old suburban Illinois businesswoman, are angrily demanding answers regarding her death in a Texas jail.
Bland was found dead in a Waller County, Texas jail cell on Monday morning, shortly after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a routine traffic stop, ABC reports.
Authorities say her death appears to be a suicide. But friends and relatives do not believe the official version of what happened and say this is a case of foul play.
Bland was pulled over Friday for improper signaling during a lane change, according to Waller County Sheriff’s Department officials. They say she was charged with “Assault on a Public Servant” and taken into custody by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper.
Bland’s friends say she drove to Texas for a job interview at her alma mater, Texas Prairie View A & M. Family members say she got the job and was slated to begin working in student outreach today.
According to Sheriff R. Glenn Smith, jailers saw Bland at 7 a.m. Monday when they gave her breakfast and again at 8 a.m. when they spoke with her over the jail intercom. Smith says Bland was found dead an hour later. The sheriff’s department said authorities applied CPR, but Bland was pronounced dead shortly after she was found.
According to sheriff’s deputies, Bland died of “self-inflicted asphyxiation.”
Family members and friends say Bland was found hanging in the jail cell, but authorities have not confirmed the exact circumstances surrounding her death.
Some of Bland’s family and friends say they will protest in Waller County, Texas on Wednesday. The intend to bring her body back to Illinois for burial when it is released by authorities.
The investigation has been turned over to Texas Rangers.