After a grand jury refused to indict any Waller County jail employees in the death of Sandra Bland, who was found hanging in her cell after a traffic stop arrest, her family launched a federal wrongful death lawsuit.
On Tuesday evening, the Mothers of the Movement—mothers of black Americans whose deaths have sparked nationwide protests—came out to a standing ovation and sustained chants of “Black lives matter,” at the Democratic National Convention.
The Congressional Caucus for Black Women & Girls, an urgent convening of lawmakers, public figures, and the relatives of black women killed by institutional state violence, is currently underway in Washington, D.C.
In Texas, the state trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland for a routine traffic stop that ultimately led to her death has been fired.
Police are struggling to explain why a 16 year-old girl was found dead in a Kentucky juvenile detention center ten days ago. Gynnya McMillen was found unresponsive on January 11th after spending the night alone in her cell—in a case that sounds eerily similar to that of 28-year-old Sandra Bland.
Brian T. Encinia, the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland in 2015, has been indicted on a charge of perjury, a Class A misdemeanor.
On Monday, an Ohio grand jury decided not to bring charges against the two officers, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, captured on camera fatally shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014.
On Monday, a grand jury in Waller County, Texas declined to indict any of the employees at the country jail where Sandra Bland was found hanging in a cell from a trash bag. Today, Bland’s family says it was “disappointed” but expected this kind of “sham.”
On Sunday, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a speech extolling the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement like none of the actual presidential candidates have. Though she’s said she’s not running, deliveries like these are why some Warren supporters are still hopeful.
Sandra Bland, who died mysteriously in a Texas jail cell in July, will have a street named in her honor in the Lone Star state.
Sandra Bland’s family is bringing a federal lawsuit against Trooper Brian Encinia, the man that pulled over Bland, and “others responsible for her death.”
The New Yorker profiled former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for its August 10 issue, the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Wilson. The biggest takeaway from the piece seems to be that Wilson had the opportunity to be a dumb kid but didn’t give others like Brown the same chance. And…
Recently released documents show that Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after pulling her over for failing to signal during a lane change, was once given a warning for “unprofessional conduct.” The disciplinary citation occurred last year, when Encinia was still a probationary trooper.
On Wednesday, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly highlighted a reporter who tried to cover a Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago but was told to turn off his camera by activists. O’Reilly somehow linked that to black-on-black crime, the condemnation of white people and himself as the reporter giving the most coverage to the Black…
There is something very off about a recent story circulated by the Associated Press on Sandra Bland’s toxicology report, which was released on Monday. It was mostly republished by right-of-center publications like the New York Post and Fox News, with little interest from the mainstream media—presumably because the…
On Monday, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis announced that a committee of outside lawyers will review Sandra Bland’s unsettling death while in police custody.
Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming up with Aaron Kaplan to produce an HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was lynched in Money, Mississippi in 1955 after whistling at a white woman. His death became a catalyst for the civil rights movement—and the brutality it evidenced in race relations in America is…
Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, just days after a white police officer pulled over and arrested her when she failed to signal a lane change. Her arrest has been cited as a prime example of racial bias and misuse of force by the police — and it happened in a county itself marred by…
The funeral for Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman who died in a Texas jail, was held this morning in Lisle, a Chicago suburb. Chicago’s ABC 7 reports that the Bland’s family arrived around 8:30 a.m. for private services at the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church.
A Texas prosecutor has announced that Sandra Bland died by hanging in a suicide and her autopsy uncovered no evidence of a “violent struggle.” This autopsy is separate from the independent investigation commissioned by Bland’s family.