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Bland was arrested by a white trooper, Brian Encinia, for not giving lane-change indicator while driving in Prairie View, Texas, on July 10. She was found dead in her cell 3 days later. A trash bag was found around her neck, raising suspicion of racist treatment.
According to the lawsuit, Encinia “intentionally, willfully, wantonly, and unreasonably deprived Sandra Bland of her rights, privileges and immunities secured by the U.S. Constitution.” In addition to Encinia, the lawsuit also includes Waller County, sheriff’s department and 2 jailers as defendants.