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.
Despite multiple breaks and jumps in dashcam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest in Texas, authorities insisted the recording released on Tuesday has not been edited, and blamed the problems on a glitch while uploading the video.
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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.
Officials have said Sandra Bland hung herself with a trash bag last week after being arrested during a traffic stop. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.
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.
Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith says he understands why Sandra Bland’s family wants answers, but added he thinks an investigation will bolster the initial determination the woman committed suicide.
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.”
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