published: 15 September 2016
The family of Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail in 2015, will get $1.9 million in a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit. The case brought national attention to the problem of jailhouse suicide and deaths, particularly those of black women.
As in most cases involving police misconduct, there will be no serious consequences for any individuals implicated Bland’s death.
Bland, 28, was stopped for failing to signal that she was changing a lane while driving to a job interview in July 2015. The state trooper who stopped her reported that she was uncooperative, and took her into custody.
Three days after she was arrested, she was found dead in her cell in Waller County jail. A medical examiner ruled her death a suicide, but her family maintains she would not have killed herself. According to a report obtained by CNN, officers failed to check on Bland in a timely manner, as is required by procedure.
Gross: Justice system holds no justice for black women
14 September 2016