The death of Sandra Bland has been sitting heavy on the hearts of anyone with a conscience last year. The courts decision not to indict was heartbreaking, to say the least, and said a hell of a lot about our governing system– or lack thereof. Since then, it has been announced that Brian Encinia, the state trooper who pulled over Bland, has been indicted on perjury charges prosecutors say.
Bland, 28, who was forcibly taken out of her car on July 10 for failing to signal when turning, was taken to jail and found dead in her cell 3 days later.
Bland’s mother, and most of the activists who’ve followed this story, still believe Sandra did not take her own life in that jail cell.
Now, special prosecutor Shawn McDonald said Encinia has been brought up on charges because of the reasons he gave as to why Bland was removed from her car in the first place. McDonald said the Grans Jury didn’t buy it.
Perjury is a Class A Felony that is punishable for up to one year in prison and a $4,000 fine.
That is no where near enough.
We’re still wondering why was she taken out the car? Why was she arrested for something as minor forgetting to signal one time? Why was she STILL jail after three days?
The Texas Department of Public Safety has begun paperwork to relieve Encinia of his duties.