A grand jury has decided no felony crime was committed in the treatment of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a Southeast Texas county jail last summer.
Jurors met for the third time Monday to decide whether there was a case against the Waller County sheriff’s office in Bland’s death. While the office will not be held to account, prosecutor Darrell Jorden says the jury reached no decision on whether the trooper that arrested the 28-year-old should face charges. The grand jury will return in January to consider that.
Police say dashboard camera video showed their interaction quickly became confrontational and she was arrested for assault.
Bland was taken to a county jail in Hempstead, a small town north-west of Houston. She was unable to raise the $500 needed for bail, so she remained in her cell. Three days later she was found dead.
Relatives question the finding that she killed herself.
Following her death, county authorities released a video from the jail that shows Bland in the 90 minutes before she was found dead to dispel rumours she was already dead when she arrived at the jail or had been killed in custody.