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.
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.