CHICAGO (CBS) — Family and friends of a 28-year-old Naperville woman were raising questions about her death, after authorities in Texas said she hanged herself while in police custody on Monday.
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.”
Her friends and loved ones don’t believe that, saying she would not kill herself. That’s why a group of them protested outside the jail on Wednesday.
“All of our friends, all of the people that know her and love her and care about her just know that she was never the kind of person to do this to herself. She would never hurt herself. We had heard that she was arrested for assaulting an officer of the law. … I know for a fact she would never hurt anybody, unless somebody hurt her,” said Bland’s friend Angela De La Cruz.
Bland’s family has hired an attorney to investigate her death, saying they’re confident she did not commit suicide. They were scheduled to hold a press conference at noon Thursday in Chicago.
The Texas Rangers have been called in to investigate Bland’s death.