Just weeks after a Texas state trooper was fired from his job for his role in Sandra Bland’s July 2015 arrest, he has pled not guilty to perjury charges.
Former state trooper, Bfian Encinia appeared before a judge on Mar. 22 where he pleaded not guilty on changes of lying on the arrest report tied to Sandra Bland’s detainment. If found guilty, he faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Encinia was the officer that pulled Bland over for a minor violation on July 10, 2015. During the traffic stop, the dash cam video shows Encinia confronting Bland, while demanding that she exit the vehicle. The interaction ends with the trooper slamming the 28-year-old onto the ground and arresting her. Three days later, Bland was found dead in her jail cell.
Encinia was indicted by a grand jury in January, citing that he gave false testimony on the police report. He was fired earlier this month for violating procedures and unnecessarily aggressive behavior during the traffic stop. No other officer has been punished for their role in Bland’s death, and a wrongful death trial is set to take place in 2017.