Not a Single Cop Indicted in Sandra Bland Death
In what might be considered a unsurprising blow for the Black Lives Matter movement, grand jurors in Texas declined to indict anyone in connection to the July death of Sandra Bland. This includes Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Bland in a “routine” traffic stop.
The news came as a surprise to Bland’s family who, according to their lawyer, Cannon Lambert, first learned about the no indictment through news media reports.
Lambert told the New York Times, “The family was frustrated with the grand jury process and disappointed that it had not received more information about the investigation.”
Special prosecutor, Darrell Jordan, is urging people to understand the case is far from over, so hope shouldn’t be lost.
“It’s all in the way you phrase it,” Mr. Jordan, one of five special prosecutors in the case told the New York Times. “The case is not over. That’s what I’m stressing right now. The case is not over.”
Mr. Lambert who is representing the Bland family in a wrongful-death lawsuit against Texas and local authorities, doesn’t seem very sure of Mr. Jordan’s claims.
“We would like very much to know what in the heck they’re doing, who they’re targeting and if it has anything to do with Sandy and her circumstances,” said Lambert.
According to Mr. Jordan, the case is still open and jurors are expected to reconvene next month to discuss the other aspects of the case.