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The death of Sandra Bland in a Waller County Jail cell is being treated as a murder investigation despite a medical examiner's conclusion that it was a suicide.
The county's district attorney, Elton Mathis, made that announcement at a news conference Monday. The Tribune's Sophia Bollag and Terri Langford have more on the developments:
Mathis said he made the determination after talking to Bland's family and to those who saw her last, including the bail bondsman, who was among the last to hear from her alive.
Bland, 28, was found dead on July 13 inside the Waller County Jail, three days after she had been pulled over by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia for an improper lane change. She was arrested and taken to the jail on a charge of assaulting a public servant during the traffic stop. ...
"There are too many questions that need to be resolved. Ms. Bland's family does make valid points. She did have a lot of things going on in her life for good," Mathis said.
Mathis also said the dashboard video showing the traffic stop that led to Bland's arrest — in which he said Bland was "very combative" — would be out today.
The Rev. Jamal Bryant, a Baltimore pastor who saw the video with the Bland family's attorney, said Monday that the video showed "not one shot, not one scene of where Ms. Bland ever assaulted police." Bryant also said that Bland began filming her encounter with the officer, who's been reassigned to desk duties.
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