- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the black woman who committed suicide in her jail cell a few days later, has been indicted on perjury charges related to the case.

The same Waller County grand jury that refused last month to indict any jail staff in the Bland death accused Trooper Brian Encinia on Wednesday of lying on the arrest report he filed in the case.

Special prosecutor Darrell Jordan told the Houston Chronicle that Trooper Encinia faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine on a Class A misdemeanor.

“They just didn’t believe [the report] … a warrant will be issued and we’ll go from there,” Mr. Jordan said of his panel.

In addition, the Associated Press reported Wednesday evening that Trooper Encinia will be fired from the Department of Public Safety over the indictment.

The Bland case started with a July traffic stop in Waller County that quickly became contentious when she accused the trooper of engaging in racial profiling.

The confrontation was captured on the trooper’s dashboard camera and, because of Bland’s death in jail three days later, became one of the high-profile cases galvanizing Black Lives Matter and similar movements.

Bland was found hanged in her cell, a death the coroner ruled a suicide. Bland family members do not accept that decision.


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