Video: Civil Rights Activist Sandra Bland Found Dead In Texas Jail Cell
Sandra Bland was reportedly pulled over on Friday for improperly signaling a lane change. A witness said he saw the arresting officer pull Bland out of the car, throw her to the ground and put his knee on her neck while he arrested her. She was then charged with assaulting an officer and taken to a jail in Waller County, Texas, where she was found dead Monday.
The sheriff’s office says Bland hanged herself. But friends and family members have accused the police of foul play.
Bland had just moved down to Texas from Chicago for a new job in student outreach at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. The job would have started Wednesday. Bland was also an outspoken civil rights advocate who frequently posted on social media about police brutality and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.