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Video: Texas Trooper who Stopped Sandra Bland Charged with Perjury, to be Fired

January 07, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Texas Trooper who Stopped Sandra Bland Charged with Perjury, to be Fired

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was charged with perjury in connection to a contentious traffic stop last summer where a woman wound up arrested for assault and then died three days later in jail. Hours after the indictment, the DPS began termination proceedings.

A grand jury indicted Trooper Brian Encinia on the misdemeanor count, alleging he lied about how he removed 28-year-old Sandra Bland from her vehicle during the July traffic stop. The same Waller County grand jury decided last month not to indict any sheriff's officials or jailers in Bland's death, which was ruled a suicide. Bland remained jailed following her arrest because she couldn't raise about $500 for bail.

Encinia, who has been on paid desk duty since Bland was found dead in her cell, also faces a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Bland's family.

The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $4,000 fine, the ABC 13 TV reports.

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OK @ 1/7/2016 4:26 PM

Being a northerner, I don't understand how these southern departments fire their guys at indictments. Seems premature.

Lt Roy Smith-ret @ 1/7/2016 5:54 PM

Never lie...never file a false report...never cover up....there are cameras or miscophones everywhere...this guy, if he did this, is stupid.

Leonard @ 1/9/2016 2:53 PM

@Roy. I can't agree more with you. I would go so far to say anyone caught doing so, at a minimum be fired. The should be no such the as a Blake list is any department.

Gmoneyshot @ 1/19/2016 10:39 AM

If caught telling a lie in the line of duty your career is over anyhow. From that day forward the prosecutor must release to the defense the fact that you lied in your official capacity, so that you can be impeached. As I tell my guys and gals, tell the truth. You can survive most anything but telling a lie during an investigation. Hope it's not true.

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