A woman from Chicago, Illinois, arrested at a routine traffic stop in Texas (video below) was found dead in her jail cell.
Sandra Bland, 28, drove to Texas from Chicago on July 9 to start a new life at a new job. Three days later, on July 13, she was found dead in her jail cell of an apparent suicide.
Despite her death being officially classified as “self-inflicted asphyxiation,” family and friends expressed doubts.
“I do suspect foul play,” Bland’s friend, Cheryl Nanton, told ABC 7. “I believe that we are all 100 percent in belief that she did not do harm to herself.” Other friends of Bland agreed.
“We’re very suspicious and we’re a very tight community and we’re very upset that this has happened and it seems like there’s nothing really being done about it,” LaVaughn Mosley said.
Bland had planned to start working at her alma mater, Texas Prarie View A&M, before her arrest and subsequent death.
Video of Bland, posted below, shows the young woman being restrained by police on the side of the road, while she questions the officers’ use of force.
“You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that? I can’t even hear!” Bland says at one point during the interaction with police. She was subsequently arrested and slated for release Monday on $5,000 bail.
According to reports, Bland was found dead by an officer who visited her cell to see if she wanted recreation time. Jailers attempted CPR, but were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead a short while later.
“The Waller County Jail is trying to rule her death a suicide and Sandy would not have taken her own life,” Bland’s friend, LaNitra Dean, said. Dean described Bland as “a warm, affectionate, outspoken woman.”