Sandra Bland’s family reaches $1.9M settlement after wrongful death lawsuit

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)

WALLER COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Sandra Bland’s family has reached a $1.9 million settlement from a wrongful death lawsuit.

The settlement includes changes to jail procedures in Waller County where Bland died. She was found dead in her jail cell three days after she was arrested for failing to use her turn signal.

The death of the 28-year-old on July 13, 2015 was ruled a suicide. Bland was discovered with a garbage bag used as a ligature around her neck. Officials initially said she was treated well during her time in the jail; however, documentation shows inconsistencies about if she was suicidal or not.

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 file frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)

The trooper who pulled Bland over was charged with perjury after dash cam video appeared to show him yelling at Bland and escalating their confrontation. The former trooper claimed Bland was behaving “combative and uncooperative.”

Bland’s family was suing the former DPS Trooper Brian Encinia; the man who arrested Bland during the traffic stop. A grand jury concluded he lied about the 2015 arrest of Bland. Prosecutors determined Encinia failed to tell the truth during the investigation about the reason he had Bland get out of her car.

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