Waller County in Texas just approved a nearly $2 million settlement with the family of Sandra Bland, a mentally ill woman from Chicago who committed suicide in jail a few days after being arrested for a minor traffic violation:
Leaders of a Texas county have approved a $1.8 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland, who died in jail days after being arrested last year.
Waller County commissioners on Wednesday formally approved the Houston-area county’s portion of the settlement.
An overall $1.9 million settlement was disclosed by Bland family attorneys last week although the Department of Public Safety, also a defendant in the suit, has said it has not settled litigation and is not a party to the county’s agreement.
Authorities have said Bland, who was from the Chicago area, killed herself three days after being stopped by white Texas trooper for a minor traffic offense. Trooper Brian Encinia was later fired and charged with misdemeanor perjury related to Bland’s arrest.
GotNews’ exclusive reporting over a year ago on Sandr Bland led us to discover videos of her admitting plainly to having “depression” and “PTSD.”
No one disputes that Sandra Bland hanged herself in police custody alone. Foul play is not being considered.
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Watch the video of Sandr Bland discussing her mental illness below:
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