The family of a Naperville woman who died in a Texas jail cell three days after she was arrested during a traffic stop has filed a lawsuit against the trooper who pulled her over, and two guards at the jail where she was found hanged.
New information could shed more light on the death of Sandra Bland, of Naperville, who was arrested nearly two weeks ago in Waller County, Texas, and then was found dead three days later in her jail cell.
Authorities have released the sworn affidavit of the Texas state trooper who arrested Naperville resident Sandra Bland earlier this month, in which he says Bland became combative and kicked him during a traffic stop.
More details could emerge Tuesday into the circumstances leading to the death of a Naperville woman inside a Texas jail cell last week.
Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell on July 13, three days after she was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop in Waller County, about 50 miles north of Houston.
Relatives of a Naperville woman who died in a Texas jail cell said it’s “unfathomable” that she committed suicide, as authorities have said, and they’ve hired an attorney to get answers.
Sandra Bland was arrested near Houston on Friday, and the Waller County Sheriff’s Office said she was found unresponsive in her cell Monday morning, and was later pronounced dead of apparent “self-inflicted asphyxiation.”
Cassandra Feuerstein, who suffered nerve damage in her face in the March 2013 attack, was glad that Michael Hart was charged for the crime but thinks he got a “slap on the wrist,” said Torri Hamilton, a lawyer who is representing Feuerstein in a pending civil lawsuit.
Michael Hart, 43, was charged on Wednesday with aggravated battery and official misconduct in connection with the incident.
A suspected child molester now faces a new charge, for allegedly making alcohol in his cell at the Kendall County Jail.
A 62-year-old man was found hanged with his underwear early Sunday in a Chicago Police lockup.