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Democratic Presidential Candidate Sanders Says Bland Wouldn't Have Died in Jail If She Was White

December 22, 2015  | 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) weighed in on a Texas grand jury's decision not to indictjailers or anyone from the county sheriff's office in the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died while she was in police custody in July.

Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said that Bland would be alive if she were white.

"Sandra Bland should not have died while in police custody. There's no doubt in my mind that she, like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a white woman," he said in a statement Tuesday. "My thoughts are with her family and loved ones tonight. We need to reform a very broken criminal justice system."

Sanders has released a criminal justice platform that includes demilitarizing police forces and ending mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders, Huffington Post reports.

Comments (27)

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EODK9Trainer @ 12/22/2015 1:46 PM

What a jackass

JoJo @ 12/22/2015 3:46 PM

Gotta love it. Fanning the race flames. This man is an admitted socialist and a liberal who would destroy our country. Apparently you don't need facts to develop your opinion, you can just spout liberal bile.

Chuck W @ 12/22/2015 3:50 PM

And if sanders wasn't a tool..... oh heck who am I kidding he is - was - will be a tool no matter what. Got to love that ruling class mentality.

Chad @ 12/22/2015 3:53 PM

Damn, Bernie! I really like(d) the guy but what an asinine thing to say.

Brian @ 12/22/2015 3:59 PM

What a fucking disgusting human being. Sorry Bernie worthless, this will not boost your poll numbers.

Brian @ 12/22/2015 4:00 PM

What a phawking disgusting human being!! Sorry Bernie worthless, this won't boost your poll numbers.

Ed @ 12/22/2015 4:01 PM

At first I thought "What a stupid, ignorant thing for someone to say. Was he there, did he review all of the case facts?" Then I thought about who it was, and said, that is about normal for a nitwit like him, or Hillary to say.

ftrnr @ 12/22/2015 4:20 PM

At least he is a consistent democrat, mindless rambling about a topic he has no knowledge of. What could make his stance clearer, I know: make a sweeping generalization about a topic that demonizes the police as a whole without viewing any evidence or testimony. Hey Blue, the democrats hate case you hadn't noticed. And, my brothers and sisters in blue, they have tossed you in whether you are male or female, black or white, Hispanic, Asian, gay, straight...none of that matters......because you are Blue.

Percy @ 12/22/2015 4:53 PM

Amazing with all of the things that Trump has said and not 1 comment on here.
Good thing you guys have the balanced, and not all at all insane Donald Trump as your candidate.

Percy @ 12/22/2015 5:06 PM

PS, I agree 100% with Sanders, no white person would have been pulled over on such a BS charge. Texas really is the american version of aparthied era South Africa, where lots and lots of black people died in police custody. Almost all found hung in their 10ft cieling cells.

Concerned Citizen @ 12/22/2015 6:50 PM

So is Col. Bern selling us some Socialist Fried Chicken or what?? Come and get Berned at SFC! But the cheap MSM portray's anyone who disagrees with Bank Bailouts, One World Government and Common Sense things like the First & Second Amendments as a "Right Wing Radical." If Bern is Socialist that would make him closer to Neo-Nazi groups than the "Right." Bernie is a Globalist Socialist like Obama. GS. Trump doesn't like Open Borders, and other commonsense things. Hopefully those "Islamic Refugees" will teach Percy a lesson. Then it will seek the help of LEOs! Remember Jade Helm, now Obama welcomes people to destroy the USA. Then he brings in the UN and he can be Dictator for life. Yet still useless idiots drink the Kool-Aide. I've been to TX, it's hardly a "Racist State." And Pigs Fly too!...

kevCopAz @ 12/22/2015 6:55 PM

Well perhaps Bernie is correct, she wouldn't have died in jail if she were white simply because she would not more then likely not have acted the fool way that she did causing her arrest in the first place. It seems that within Black culture there seems to be this "right" to disobey lawful authority and do whatever the hell you please and are not be held responsible for your actions. I agree that this attitude runs across all races, but seems more prevalent among Black "culture" now especially since "Black Lives Matter" movement started. There is this attitude that any actions one takes, even illegal, can be justified simply because you are a minority. This is "minority privilege" rather the aledged "white privilege" that Libs all talk about.

Sam Snyder @ 12/22/2015 7:07 PM

Typical lying leftist. In his zeal to right the wrongs he perceives, he becomes the racist trying to fan the flames of riot and insurrection. This moron is taking his direction from the Alinsky playbook.

Tim @ 12/22/2015 8:45 PM

I know Percy. It's really weird there's not a single comment about Trump underneath an article discussing Sanders idiotic comment. Be careful Percy, your own bias is showing.

TX Lawman @ 12/23/2015 4:53 AM

What a RACIST! Another Obama wannabe trying to divide the Nation.

Arkansas @ 12/23/2015 5:28 AM

We already have this kind of Government Leadership.
This is the kind of person that America doesn't need!!
I for one am sick of the race card.
We are All Americans if we live here and
Our color don't define us!!

mike @ 12/23/2015 5:43 AM

How did this moron get elected in the first place? People in Vermont must be total pacifists, socialists and cop-haters. Everything this "man" says is anti-American, inflammatory and WRONG. When will the voters of VT dump this embarassment? He's worse than MInnesota's Jesse Ventura and Al Franken.

Ric Walters @ 12/23/2015 5:58 AM

Sandra Bland died in jail because none of her family or friends would post a $500 bail. As usual, the race baiters and liberal dolts blame everyone but the source of the problem. If her family - you know, the same family that is now professing how much they really loved and needed Sandra, and who now feel so deprived by her absence from their lives that they're suing the DPS Trooper, the Sheriff, the Sheriff's Office, and the Jailers for millions - really gave a damn, they'd have gotten her out of jail and she would have gone before a Justice of the Peace, likely paid a fine, and gone about her life.

What nonsense.

Leonard @ 12/23/2015 1:57 PM

Sandra should have never been arrested....period. The Cop was unprofessional and frankly if this is the way he responds to some venal resistance, he definitely shouldn't be armed. I hope the family break the bank on the po-dunk police department

Percy @ 12/23/2015 5:56 PM

Interesting Vermont, where Bernie is from is the only state where no no died at the hands of police. You should elect him just on that.

John retired IA PD @ 12/23/2015 6:32 PM

If any of you watched the Democratic debate last Saturday night, you had the opportunity to see all three candidates throw the police under the bus. According to them, everything bad that happened to people that were arrested was the fault of the police. No one there that I will vote for.

Dennis @ 12/24/2015 12:36 PM

Apparently most of the anti-police folks, including Bernie, have forgotten that we are all responsible for our actions. If we choose to not obey the law, whether you agree with it or not, which includes obeying a legal order, then you make a conscious choice and decide what direction you take during any encounter with any LEO. That should be a basic knowledge, common sense thing taught to us all by our parents, or whoever raised you.
If you decide to not follow directions, then you will suffer the consequences of your actions, doesn't matter what color your skin might be, and you will most likely end up in some type of incarceration situation. We don't force people to make bad decisions...

Percy @ 12/24/2015 1:38 PM

@ Dennis
I'm guessing that when you say "we are all responsible for our actions" you don't include members of le. You boys are out there shooting people just as much from your bad decisions as the dead. The excuses you come up with are at best ridiculous and at worst purgery. There are more and more video and witness accounts to prove that daily.
Shooting a man armed only with a pen, or a phone, or a toy, or a handfull of dry grass. Interesting you feel people should teach their children how to behave around cops, I recall when a certain black man suggested this all of LE went batshit crazy. And perhaps if YOU followed directions or the law when dealing with the public they might have more respect for you and be willing to stop, drop, and suck.
@ John retired IA PD
Please provide when/where the candidates threw the police under the bus, and where in the debate they said "everything bad that happened to people that were arrested was the fault of the police."
Merry Xmas to the good ones

S.S. @ 12/25/2015 5:47 AM

to the couple of leonard and percy. Everyone should be held for their actions. You 2 are a couple of pu**ies, who don't want to come out from percy's mother's abasement so you 2 morons attack p.d. or l.e. online and believe anything the leftist media tells you morons. Good for you, but PLEASE,PLEASE, PLEASE NO REPRODUCING FROM YOU 2. why don't you all go bother someone else. Neither of you have any experience, whatsoever to talk shit. you 2 are just bottom feeding lowlifes. i would love to see you to pu**ies have the balls to go do what we do. The streets would eat both you pu**ies ALIVE, and then you'd curl up in a fetal position and spoon each other.

Leonard @ 12/25/2015 9:39 PM

@s.s. You fools like to wear personal responsibility except when it comes to you own or police misconduct. I watch the Bland video again and the officer (a term loosely applied) had no reason or right to ask or remove that woman from her vehicle. That sorry excuse of a cop pulled her out of the car because he didn't like the way she talked to him...PERIOD. You keep on justifying that B.S type of behavior by our police and you will continue use the see the institution of police continue to erode. This is a battle you will lose.

S.S. @ 12/28/2015 6:59 AM

leonard (percy's boy friend). 20 + yrs on my police dept., and I've never seen things so bad as they are now. Tools nd scumb bags like you and your g.f. obviously don't know jack, and are too stupid to understand it. the driver being black thought that she could act a fool, and behave that way towards on officer who had p.c. to stop her and cite her. But her beling black she played the race card, which fools like you and your g.f. (percy) fall for it everytime. Typical then all the dems feed off of it and use it. You think those stupid dems give a shit about you and your g.f. ? NOPE! They don't care about you or anyother fools like you. It was a $500 bond and the scumbags family couldn't post that? Are you kidding me. OH yeah they cared about her. Bull shit. Now that she's DEAD now they care? It's all about the money. That's what they want. For idiots like you 2 understand this the bitch killer herself cause she wanted too. Another thing, GOOD RIDDANCE.!

MyMarshal @ 1/7/2016 5:25 PM

It is time Police magazine screens readers and posters to ensure we are not getting some of these hack trolls commenting their racist crap , Bland was arrested because she exhibited no respect for police authority_ she thought she was above normal behavior.

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