Sandra Bland never should have been arrested

Sandra Bland never should have been arrested

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the dashcam video of the arrest of Sandra Bland. The almost hour long video features the first interaction between Bland and Trooper Brian Encinia after she’s pulled over for not using her turn signal. It seems to be going all right until Encinia tells Bland she seems irritated and Bland confirms it. He then tells Bland to put out her cigarette, but she refuses to because she’s in her own car. Encinia orders her to get out, opens her door, and reaches in. It’s tough to see if he’s trying to pull her out, but it’s possible he was due to the way he’s positioned. Encinia then pulls a Taser and points it at her. Bland gets out and walks around the back of the car, with her phone in her hand. She’s probably recording her interaction with Encinia, which is her right. Bland slams the phone down on the car’s trunk after being ordered to do so….

The two do get into a fight almost 13 minutes into the video, but it happens off-camera. Cell phone video posted up on YouTube only shows the aftermath….

Some details of the fight are in Encinia’s arrest report.

Bland was placed in handcuffs for officer safety. Bland began swinging her elbows at me and then kicked my right leg in the shin…Force was used to subdue Bland to the ground to which Bland continued to fight back.

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