It seems like every time I turn there is another story coming out about a wrongful death that has happened in America. Unfortunately, these types of situations have become the highlight of 2015 and we are just now entering the second half of the year.
When I first heard about Sandra Bland, I felt like it was a personal nightmare that came true. I had a recent conversation with a friend about how I would hate to become a billboard of a #BlackLivesMatter and the only thing people remember me as is the black female that fell victim to police brutality. Sandra Bland wasn’t famous, but she was making a lane for her own legacy at the time of her death that makes this entire situation eerie and unnerving.
My question: What needed to change in this situation to avoid the outcome of an untimely death?
Theory 1: If she would I corporated with the cop in the beginning she would still be alive. Growing up in the south, my parents taught me early the importance of diffusing a situation with an officer for the greater good. Although I seen those tips work in keeping several situations that could have lead to an arrest or death, not taking those steps doesn’t excuse that outcome that Sandra Bland faced.
Theory 2: If the cop would have followed protocol to the letter she would still be alive. I personally can’t speak on what steps the officer missed, but I do know when in a public service position your top priority to ensure situation do not escalate.
Facts about Sandra Bland’s case:
- Sandra Bland’s death could have been avoided
- Sandra Bland was soon to be starting a new job
- Before the incident, Bland posted a video on Facebook sharing that she suffered from depression and PTSD
- Sandra was pulled over by Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia for a “failure to signal” violation
- Sandra was charged with allegedly assaulting Encinia during the stop
- The day after her arrest, Sandra had her first court appearance where judge granted her a $5,000 bail
- Hours after her court appearance, Sandra called her friend and said, “I’m still just at a loss for words honestly at this whole process…”
- Sandra was in jail for 3 days before her death
- The video of the Sandra and Encinia interaction was released, and showed signs of the video being edited even though the Texas Department of Public Safety says it was not
- Her death is currently being treated as a murder investigation