For those of you who may have missed this latest death at the hands of the police,
On Monday July 13th 2015 Sandra Bland, a 28 year-old Black woman from the suburbs of Chicago was found dead in a Waller County, Texas jail cell. The circumstances surrounding her death are at best unclear and given known facts, very disturbing.
Sandra Bland, a Prairie View A&M graduate, had recently arrived in Texas to start new employment in the state and was residing with her uncle. On Friday July 10th 2015, Ms. Bland was pulled over by local Waller County Sheriffs for failing to signal before changing lanes.
What we know of what happens after that is unsettling.
Local press affiliates were able to obtain a nearly 2-minute long video of her arrest. We see Ms. Bland lying face down in a grassy marsh immediately abutting a public sidewalk. There is a male police officer with both knees pressed down on top of her back. Her arms are being sharply pulled behind her back and Ms. Bland is screaming and crying. We can clearly hear her say, “I can’t feel my arms!” “I can’t hear!” “You slammed my head into the ground! I’m a female. Don’t you care that you slammed my head into the ground!?”
This situation angers me to my core. This is no “suicide”. This is murder.
Justice for Sandra Bland.