Texas grand jury indicts state trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland over for perjury.
HEMPSTEAD, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 6, 2016) (NBC) – A Texas grand jury indicted the state trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland for perjury on Wednesday (January 6).
Special Prosecutor Shawn McDonald said the jury decision was based on trooper Brian Encinia’s affidavit.
“He…stated that he removed her from the vehicle, to further conduct a safer traffic investigation and the grand jury found that statement to be false,” McDonald said.
Demonstrators called the indictment a “slap on the wrist” for the officer and “a slap in the face of Sandra Bland’s family.”
The indictment comes several weeks after a grand jury decided not to indict any members of the jail staff in the case
Bland, 28, an African-American woman died by hanging in an apparent suicide in her jail cell. Bland was pulled over in her car on July 10 by state trooper Brian Encinia for failing to signal a lane change in Prairie View, about 50 miles northwest of Houston.
The stop escalated into a verbal altercation after Encinia asked Bland to put out a cigarette and she refused. Bland was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer, a felony.
Outside the court, demonstrators protested chanted “The whole damn system is guilty as Hell. Indict. Convict. Throw those killer cops in Hell.”
Several of the demonstrators said they while they were dissapointed by the decision, they were not surprised.