A grand jury issued no indictments for the death of Sandra Bland Monday night.
The grand jury will reconvene in January to consider other charges.
Bland was found dead in her cell at the Waller County Jail on July 13. A medical examiner ruled she hanged herself and ruled her death a suicide. Her relatives and supporters dispute that finding.
During a news conference in Chicago on Monday, Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed Veal, said, “Now we’re going to go through Christmas now and Sandy’s not here. And more than that, we still have no answers as far as I’m concerned.”
It was the third time in the last month and a half the grand jury has met at the Waller County Courthouse.
Another person of color pulled over by the Police under questionable circumstances, another death, and another grand jury finding no fault with that death. Much like the epidemic of mass-shootings that plague the nation; the death of black and brown people in police custody is something that we have become accustomed to. This country has become polarized, aggressive and numb. Three things which will not help us to come together or stem the tide of violence and the miscarriage of justice.
The Chicago-area woman was pulled over July 10 by a Texas state trooper for making an improper lane change. Dash-cam video showed their interaction quickly became confrontational and she was arrested for assault. That is a matter of record, the stop while questionable was as “legal” albeit overtly aggressive Dash-cam video from his car showed Officer Brian Encinia at one point holding a stun gun and yelling at Bland, “I will light you up!” after she refuses to get out of her car. The director of the Department of Public Safety, Steve McCraw, has said Encinia violated internal policies of professionalism and courtesy.
Still as a law professor stated Ms. Bland did not have the right to remain in her vehicle, like it or not we must abide by the law, even if we think another has not. Most importantly law enforcement is a dangerous profession, and I have friends and family who serve the public good, these laws which seem egregious save lives. Moreover, they are a product of an unruly citizenry.. So then I suppose the greater question lie in the disparate racial make up of who is suffering from this systemic failure.
Perhaps we all are, the inclination in this country is to point a finger and place blame elsewhere. What we need is calmer heads, toned down rhetoric and camaraderie.. Not factional disorder. We need to emphazise that lives matter, whether they be Blue, Black or White.. We the people of this nation and this world need to accept the challenge of accepting those that we see as different, those we see as alien.
Systemic change cannot be instituted by Congress, nor an executive order.. Those who demonize another, based simply on the color of their skin, or their vocation stand in the way of such change. I want justice for Sandra Bland, I want justice. Not for some, but for all.. Because there cannot be justice only for a few, it doesn’t work that way, there is either justice for all or for none.