The mother of Sandra Bland, an African-American woman who died in a Texas jail after a contentious traffic stop by a state trooper, says Wednesday's indictment of the officer falls short of possibly attaining full justice.
Trooper Brian Encinia was charged with perjury after a grand jury found that he lied about Bland's temperament during the traffic stop, with him alleging in an affidavit that she was "combative and uncooperative" when he pulled her over, resulting in his ordering her out of the vehicle.
Dash-cam video shows that Encinia pulled his stun gun out on Bland, saying, "I will light you up." The video also shows Bland eventually getting out of her vehicle and Encinia directed her to get to the side of the road. Bland can be heard yelling that she was being roughed up the trooper, with her saying he was about to break her wrists and slammed her head into the ground. Encinia alleged that Bland kicked him in the shin and threw her elbows at him.
Bland, who was from the Chicagoland area, was in the vicinity of Prairie View A&M University, where she went to college and had just interviewed for and accepted a job. She was taken to Waller County jail in Hempstead, under charges of assaulting a public servant. Bland died three days later, having been found hanging from a jail cell partition with a plastic bag. Her death was classified as a suicide, but activists question the ruling.
The grand jury opted against charging anyone for her death, with Bland's mother saying, "there should have been much more." Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Public Safety said termination proceedings have begun on Encinia, who has been on paid desk duty since the July incident. The trooper faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine for the perjury charge.