New cellphone footage from the traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland’s arrest was released on May 6, prompting calls to reopen the investigation into her death. Bland, a 28-year-old Black woman from the Chicago area, was taken into custody in southeast Texas after a confrontational traffic stop in July 2015. Three days later, she was found hanging in a jail cell in what was officially ruled a suicide. The video, taken from Bland’s perspective, shows Texas state trooper Brian Encinia angrily pointing a Taser at Bland during a traffic stop in Waller County and yelling, “I will light you up!” Encinia pulled Bland over after she failed to use her turn signal when changing lanes. Authorities released Encinia’s dashcam video days after Bland’s death, but her cellphone recording was not yet released until recently. The 39-second video was kept by investigators and released to the
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