The two inmates next to Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman found dead in her Texas jail cell on July 13 after being controversially arrested at a traffic stop, said they believe the cause of Bland’s death was suicide and that no guards were involved.
Bland was arrested on July 10 and found dead three days later, with the official cause of death being ruled suicide by hanging. Bland reportedly hung herself with a plastic garbage bag. Despite the reported cause of death, Bland’s family has maintained that she would have never taken her own life. Black Lives Matter activists subsequently suggested that authorities might have been involved in her death, according to The Blaze.
Inmate Alexandria Pyle told ABC 13 that she believes the police were not involved in Bland’s death.
“I don’t think the guards did anything,” Pyle said. "I mean it’s a tragedy either way, but I don’t think the guards did anything."
She also said that she believes that Bland killed herself, as the police report determined.
“I’m positive it was, but that’s just me,” she said.
A second inmate, who was near Bland around the time of her death, echoed Pyle’s belief.
“Do you think she committed suicide?” an ABC 13 reporter asked.
“I do, I do,” the inmate replied. “Nobody went in or out of her cell. And as far as the guards there in the jail, they were really nice. They just did their job.”
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