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Video: Footage, Timeline Released in Texas Jail Death Investigation

July 21, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Video, Timeline Released in Texas Jail Death Investigation

Texas authorities have revealed what they say is the specific chain of events on the morning of Sandra Bland's death, as shown in recently released surveillance footage from inside the jail during the hours last week leading up to the discovery of her body, reports Good Morning America.

Bland was arrested July 10 for allegedly assaulting a police officer after he pulled her over in a traffic stop in Waller County, Texas, the Sheriff's Department said. She was found dead in her jail cell three days later, on July 13, and while officials initially said her death was a suicide, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis announced Monday night that the case is being investigated by numerous agencies and treated "like a murder investigation."

At 7:05 a.m. Bland told a jailer "I'm fine." At 7:55 a.m. Bland used the intercom in her cell to contact the jail's main control room. She asked how to make a phone call from the phone on the wall of her cell, but there is no record of her actually making a call. About an hour later, a female jailer went to Bland to see whether she wanted to go to the facility's recreational hall, but that is when the female jailer saw that something was wrong. The jailer then rushed to get help.

The dash-cam footage from the police car is expected to be released today, along with the results of the independent autopsy report ordered by Bland's family after the death was first declared a suicide.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 7/21/2015 4:16 PM

It will be very surprising if there are no drugs found in her system or health related issues causes by drugs.

The Right Handed Cowboy @ 7/21/2015 5:27 PM

In Texas and as in most all other States of our union, an unattended DEATH should always BE Treated as a homocide. ..therefore a complete investigation is warranted...


mbowen @ 7/22/2015 1:02 PM

Jon you would think that

WUP @ 7/22/2015 7:09 PM

Okay, enough of this. We have a dead citizen with a cop who escalated the situation because she legally did not put out her cigarette. I am beginning to think that a lot of these "use of force" problems would not happen if the cop would just stop, listen and speak respectfully to the citizens. Actually, we (citizens) are not required to speak respectful, act respectful - the Texas DPS immediately came out and said the cop broke several policies. One of which was not being RESPECTFUL or COURTEOUS. If this job gets to you, for your and our protection, get out of the job. Also, he never even told her what she was being arrested for. I doubt any type of foul play on the part of the cops happened at the jail.

This cops life is being picked to death, I live near (Houston) Waller and the firestorm has been in full attack. I feel sorry for the guy on certain levels but again he should have just listened to her on why she changed lanes and kept his mouth shut and carried out his job.

Tone @ 7/22/2015 10:39 PM

I find it very suspect that a woman who had a future in front of her this according to her sisters, would kill herself. Drugs? Well let's see what the autopsy report concludes first. Something is weird about this situation.

Tone @ 7/23/2015 10:08 PM

Wup I totally agree with you! This officer could've handled this situation ten different ways, but he chose to take in the direction he wanted. As LE, I get sick & tired of excuses being made for other LE officers when we all know other scenarios play out around the world the same, but the officer uses a different and more professional approach. I've seen incidents where a white civilian is totally losing it toward the white officer and the LE restrains himself very well and deals with the matter accordingly. This is just my opinion, but it just seems like black civilians are already judged and they don't get the same courtesy as others. If discord or dislike is the motivation behind the badge for any color, white, black, or whatever, find a job that best suits the attitude. This officer had no patience & that could've had a different turnout in this situation. Now this doesn't exclude Ms. Bland either. She has to respond with respect for self & others. God have mercy on her soul..

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