Social activist Sandra Bland fought passionately for the rights of Black men and women against police brutality. An active member of the Chicago chapter of the national Black Lives Matter movement, the nation is demanding answers as to how Bland ended up dead earlier this year at the hands of Texas law enforcement. After an unlawful arrest captured on a police squad car dash cam, a grand jury somehow concluded in December of 2015 that Bland's death will not receive justice. The officers in question allegedly silenced the activist who knew her rights. And because she understood the law, she hung from her jail cell.
Lynched as if it was 1950, many across the country will not let her death get swept under the rug as if it never happened. Back in July of this year, Waller County ruled Bland's death a suicide. However, no one is buying that story after watching officer Brian Encinia yank Bland from her car after a traffic stop for failing use a lane change signal. She explained to officer Encinia her rights. However, the video captured the officer refusing to answer Bland's questions as to why she was being thrown to the ground, handcuffed, and arrested. She was hauled off to the Waller County jail, never to see the light of day again.
Bland had just moved to Texas from Illinois to start a new career she was excited about. She had recorded several videos encouraging people to fight for their rights. She explained to the police officers that she had suffered depression some time ago after a horrible miscarriage. Waller County took that piece of information to use against Bland, reporting she hung herself because she was depressed. Bland's family responded that she was not suicidal and was waiting to post bail, so she could start her new life and career.
For decades many civil rights activists were found mysteriously swinging from their jail cells. A Black American reciting the law to police officers is more dangerous than lunging at an officer with a weapon. If a Black man or woman can plead their case as to why they were wrongfully detained, then the suspect police officers' job will be in jeopardy due to a possible law suit, costing the department millions. Many Black social justice activists receive a visit in their jail cell. What happens after that? The explanation is they all somehow end up hanging or beaten and tased to death. Now that the world can actually witness on camera murders such as activist Philip Coleman lay peacefully in his jail cell bed when several Chicago police officers enter and tase him death while handcuffed, dragging his lifeless body on the ground by his hands like roadkill to the infirmary, it is difficult for police officers to lie about what actually occurred when the truth can be rewound.
How the grand jury arrived to the conclusion that the Waller County police did not play a hand in Bland's lynching, the country will never understand. Why officer Encinia did not simply write Bland a ticket for not using her signal? Again, the country will never understand. Bland lived for justice and, unfortunately, died without any at the hands of the law. Though the officers suspected of murdering Bland in her jail cell will never serve time, her death has raised awareness about police brutality. So even in death...Bland refuses to let America forget that Black Lives Matter. No justice...no peace.