Vigils to mark 1-year anniversary of Sandra Bland death

Sandra Bland
FILE - In this undated photo provided by the Bland family, Sandra Bland poses for a photo. A grand jury indicted Trooper Brian Encinia on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, with the misdemeanor charge. Encinia has been on desk duty since Bland was found dead in her cell in July. Her death was ruled a suicide. (Courtesy of Bland family via AP, File)

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — Vigils and ceremonies are planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a Texas jail cell after a traffic stop.

Bland died a year ago Wednesday after Texas state trooper Brian Encinia pulled her over three days earlier. She was taken to the Waller County jail in Hempstead, Texas, where she was found hanging from a cell partition.

FILE- In this July 10, 2015 file frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland after she became combative during a routine traffic stop in Waller County, Texas. Encinia, a Texas trooper who arrested Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop, had been cautioned about “unprofessional conduct” in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)
In this July 10, 2015 photo from dashcam video, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland during a routine traffic stop in Waller County, Texas. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)

Bland had been moving to Texas from the Chicago area. A medical examiner ruled it a suicide. Dashcam video of her arrest and the circumstances of her death provoked national outrage.

The fired Texas trooper pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor perjury stemming from his arrest last summer of Sandra Bland. A Waller County grand jury indicted Encinia in January on the perjury charge claiming he removed a combative Bland from her car after stopping her near Houston.

A vigil is planned Wednesday evening in Chicago’s Federal Plaza to mark the anniversary of Bland’s death. And the suburban Chicago church where Bland grew up plans candle-lighting ceremonies Sunday.

More: Bland case highlights some lax Texas state police practices

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