A Texas grand jury decided on Dec. 21 not to indict any police officers or jail officials for the death of Sandra Bland -- the woman found dead in her jail cell three days after being arrested for a traffic stop.
Bland, 28, was pulled over on July 10 by Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, and dashcam video caught their confrontational exchange that led to her being arrested for assault.
Because she was unable to pay $500 bail, Bland stayed in the cell for three days. She was found dead on the third day. The Waller County Sheriff’s Office said Bland hanged herself with a trash bag, but friends and family rejected the claim.
Encinia was placed on administrative leave while an investigation took place, and Bland’s family filed a lawsuit against Waller County police.
A grand jury ultimately decided that no felony crime was committed in the treatment of Bland, although prosecutor Darrell Jordan said that no decision was made as to whether or not Encinia would face charges.
“After presenting all the evidence as it relates to the death of Sandra Bland, the grand jury did not return an indictment,” Jordan said, according to The Huffington Post.
“The grand jury also considered things that occurred at the jail and did not return an indictment."