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HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there.

Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said such conspiracy theories — including one that Bland’s mug shot was taken after her death — have prompted death threats against county officials.

“Because of some of the things that’s gone out on social media, this county has been literally attacked,” he said at a news conference, adding that the FBI is investigating the most serious threats.

“Sandra Bland was alive and well” until she was found hanging on July 13 in her cell at the Waller County Jail, Duhon said. Authorities have ruled that Bland’s death, three days after her arrest during a confrontational traffic stop, was a suicide.

The video released shows her arriving at the jail, being questioned by a jailer filling out forms, making phone calls, getting her mug shot taken, sleeping in her cell and being taken in and out.

She’s calm when she arrives at the jail, sometimes smiling and at one point putting her head in her hands. The jailer let her use the phone at the booking desk instead of the pay phone in her cell, and she was seen talking with animation during some of the calls. The video has no audio.

Authorities have said Bland — a black 28-year-old from suburban Chicago — hanged herself with a garbage bag, a finding that her family has questioned, saying she was happy. She was in custody for allegedly assaulting the white state trooper who pulled her over for an improper lane change.

Her sister, Sharon Cooper, did not return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Tuesday.

The death has garnered national attention amid increased scrutiny of police treatment of blacks in the wake of several high-profile police-involved deaths. In Chicago, more than 100 people gathered downtown Tuesday night for a vigil and protest.

On Monday, an initial toxicology report was released for Bland that two experts said raised the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody. Prosecutor Warren Diepraam has said information on her marijuana use may be relevant to the case in determining her state of mind.

The amount of THC, one of the active components of marijuana, in Bland’s system was 18 micrograms per liter, according to the report. That’s more than three times the legal limit for drivers in Colorado and Washington, states that permit the recreational use of marijuana.

Capt. Brian Cantrell of the Waller County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that he doesn’t know if she could have used marijuana in the jail. He said there’s no recent history of drug seizures there but noted things get smuggled into jails everywhere.

A committee of outside attorneys will assist Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis in investigating Bland’s death.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever get an answer to all the questions,” said attorney Lewis White of Sugar Land, one of the committee members. “But our job is to get answers. There are going to be answers some people don’t like.”

The Texas Rangers and the FBI are investigating the case.

(Photo Source: AP)

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12 thoughts on “Jail Releases More Footage of Sandra Bland Before Her Death

  1. Shandrae Williams on said:

    There is no story here. She was 12 kinds of messed up and hung herself. She was responsible for her life and death. Actions have consequences. She is no martyr. Quit playing the race card. The Hispanic cop did nothing to CAUSE her to MURDER herself. Black lives matter do don’t do drugs, drive drunk or murder yourself. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. This conspiracy crap is hurting our people. MLK would agree. Peace out.

  2. Shandrae Williams on said:

    There is no story here. She was 12 kinds of messed up and hung herself. She was responsible for her life and death. Actions have consequences. She is no martyr. Quit playing the race card. The Hispanic cop did nothing to CAUSE her to MURDER herself. Black lives matter do don’t do drugs, drive drunk or murder yourself. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. This conspiracy crap is hurting our people. MLK would agree. Peace.

  3. Shandrae Williams on said:

    There is no story here. She was 12 kinds of messed up and hung herself. She was responsible for her life and death. Actions have consequences. She is no martyr. Quit playing the race card. The Hispanic cop did nothing to CAUSE her to MURDER herself. Black lives matter do don’t do drugs, drive drunk or murder yourself. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. This conspiracy crap is hurting our people. MLK would agree.

  4. michelle on said:

    That person in the orange jumpsuit is not her, you can’t see her face,they have it dark,and she was smaller then the person in the jumpsuit.

  5. she couldn’g hang herself with one thin trash bag, why was a trash bag, weed and a match/lighter in her jail cell? What prisoner have that kind of freedom locked up in a jail cell?

  6. She wasn’t on her way to work, she was to start a new job that following Monday. No way she smoked weed while locked up in jail. Who gave her the weed and lighter/match to light up? She had to have more than one trash bag to hang herself with because one thing trash bag wouldn’t have done it because of her size and again why was a trash bag in her jail cell? LIES ALL LIES-TRYING TO COVERI UP. I still say it’s sad that the family members she called to post her $120 bail didn’t do it, had they post her bond it wouldn’t have gone as far as it did. But we all say “could have, would have, should have” This is very sad all over a traffic stop went wrong by the overly agressive cop!

  7. I believe her bail was $500, 10% of the $5000. She may not have been given her bail amount until then next day (sat) when she saw the Judge. Who really knows how difficult it is to bond someone out who is in a different state. So many things went wrong with this situation, starting with her arrest. I pray that her family can get some REAL answers.

  8. No way she smoked weed while locked up in jai. Who gave her the weed and lighter/match to light up? LIES ALL LIES-TRYING TO COVERI UP. I still say it’s sad that the family members she called to post her $120 bail didn’t do it, had they post her bond it wouldn’t have gone as far as it did. But we all say “could have, would have, should have” This is very sad all over a traffic stop went wrong by the overly agressive cop!

  9. specialt757 on said:

    “…Waller County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that he doesn’t know if she could have used marijuana in the jail.” What’s that saying about your county jail/holding facility? No one smelled marijuana smoke, inside or outside of her cell? Where were the “roaches” or pipes she used from the weed she smoked ? This is some BS and they know it. Discrediting her still makes them look like incompetent idiots.

  10. October on said:

    If what was reported was true, she was on her way to a new job. With pot in her system. About the bail what was up with that? Did her family have the money or did they not want this woman released? There are many quesitons that need answers. Sad turn of events.

  11. Swan on said:

    What a tragedy. Wonder why her family didn’t post her bail for $120? I looks like she’s somewhat full figure so how could she hang herself with a thin trash bag and who gave her the trash bag. It’s too many different stories coming out on this case, nothig is revealing the truth about what really went on. It’s very sad that her family wouldn’t post bond for her/$120.

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