July 23, 2015

Sandra Bland Death - So Far No Evidence Of Foul lay

From The NY Post:
DALLAS — The autopsy of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail revealed no injuries that would suggest she died in a violent homicide, authorities said Thursday.

Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam discussed details of the autopsy of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities say was found hanging in her jail cell on July 13.

The autopsy showed that Bland had no defensive injuries on her hands that would typically indicate a struggle, the prosecutor said. Some lacerations or abrasions were found on her wrists. Those injuries were consistent with a struggle while being handcuffed.

The marks around Bland’s neck were consistent with a suicide, he said.
Still need to see the serology lab results but if she had no visitors there probably will only be residual results if any (chemicals). She was in jail for three days and that is still a mystery. Why wasn't she bailed out?

In any event, she allegedly admitted that she had a previous suicide attempt in interviews with two of the jailors:
Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith has said that two jailers interviewed the 28-year-old black woman from Illinois. She told one of them that she was not depressed but was upset about her arrest, he said.

Smith said Bland appeared fine when being booked on a charge of assaulting a public servant.

Documents filled out for Bland indicate she had attempted suicide after losing a baby. But booking papers indicated she did not have suicidal thoughts when she was arrested and that no one at the jail believed she was at risk.

The idiot rookie cop who stopped her is on administrative leave until the investigation is complete. He should lose his job.
Encinia, who claimed Bland was combative and struck him, has been placed on administrative duties due to “violations of procedures regarding traffic stops and the department’s courtesy policy.”

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis told the Wall Street Journal that he is investigating whether Encinia violated any criminal laws during the arrest.


Kid said...

Glad to hear you say the cop should lose his job. The way I read it, the girl while in jail Still didn't know why she was there. The fact that citizens are not as up on the law as cops is no big surprise. The cop got way too aggressive way too early. She made some mistakes too, but given the lack of severity of the situation, the cop should have stayed much more calm much longer and explained the law to the citizen if that is what needed to happen. I see this stuff on COPS, since my wife usually has it on. Granted Cops on camera are on their best behavior but these guys are calmly explaining the law to perps all day long on that show. This really was inexcusable that she even ended up in the jail.

One facet of this is why was he tailing her in the first place and so close she felt the need to get out of his way by changing lanes. I think the answer to that makes it even worse for the cop.

Doom said...

I disagree with both of you. Coddling hasn't done a damn thing but allow riots and begin a string of cop murders that probably isn't close to finished. If you wish to hold the hand of people who, from what I can tell, really don't give a flying *)it, go for it. That isn't working. Do you also want them to be nice while they are grabbing their guns, or killing other people, or... where do you draw the line? I think the push has to come somewhere, it has to be absolute and sure, it has to be back by politicians and the public. And, in this case, I back the cop. I think any problems he faces come from "black criminal lives matter", a retrograde social erosion that has seen civilians having to defend themselves because the cops won't/can't, having their businesses burned, and losing in many ways.

Beat them back to civility if that is what it takes. I won't put up with that shit, personally. I don't believe a cop should.

LL said...

I was at TxAG yesterday in Austin. Yes, the officer needs to find another career. It's not about "black lives matter."

sig94 said...

If he was about to arrest her then yes, put out the cigarette and get out of the car. Her mouth and attitude got her into trouble, sure, I agree with that 100%.

But it appears that he may have made the situation into something that it wasn't - assaulting an officer? That's a felony in any state. But I just don't see that because it happened off camera. Why did he take her away from the camera? Get her out of the road for safety reasons but cuff her in front of your dash cam to CYA. That's why it's there. A rookie mistake?

And I am really interested why she spent three days in jail. Sure, she's an idiot, but a criminal?