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Sandra Bland

Sandra Annette Bland, a 28-year-old woman from the Chicago area, was apprehended by a state trooper in Prairie View, Texas, after a combative arrest for a minor traffic infraction on July 10, 2015, Sandra’s traffic stop is widely regarded as a clear example of widespread racial profiling.

Will There Be Justice for Sandra Bland? from Peter Menchini – Maya Media on Vimeo.

Upon reviewing the dashcam film, the law enforcement officials suspended the white state trooper who apprehended Sandra from duty due to his failure to adhere to the correct traffic stop protocols. He was then charged with perjury for giving false statements concerning the circumstances of Sandra’s arrest, and as a result, he was terminated from his job. Sandra Bland was discovered deceased in her jail cell on July 13, 2015, only three days following her arrest. Her cause of death was determined to be suicide by hanging.

Twitter addressed Sandra Bland’s dubious assertion of suicide by creating a hashtag, #IfIDieInPoliceCustody. The hashtag transitioned from the realm of computers to the realm of mainstream media during a televised town hall gathering showcasing democratic presidential hopefuls in 2015. A video depicts individuals from the activist organization Black Lives Matter engaging in vocal chants, proclaiming, “In the event of my demise while under police custody, ensure that my memory endures.”

The premature demise of Sandra prompted investigations into the racial composition of pretextual traffic stops. The phenomenon of “Driving while Black” gained significant attention as individuals engaged in discussions about the excessively forceful approach adopted by law enforcement when confronting Black drivers.

The purported suicide of Sandra brought to light the fundamental racism and inequalities within the monetary bail system. Sandra was detained in jail due to her inability to finance the $515 required to secure her release on bond.

In September 2016, Sandra’s mother reached a resolution in a lawsuit for wrongful death against the county jail and the police department, resulting in a total settlement of $1.9 million.

The “Sandra Bland Act” was enacted into law by the Governor of Texas on June 15, 2017. The resolution stipulates that county jails must redirect individuals with mental health and substance abuse problems towards treatment, and it also necessitates that impartial law enforcement organizations conduct investigations into deaths that occur in jails.

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