Officer Who Arrested Sandra Bland Fired From Job
Brian Encina, the Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, has been fired from his job with the Texas Department of Public Safety. In December, he was indicted on a perjury charge. He’s accused of lying about his July 10, 2015 arrest of Sandra Bland and their confrontational traffic stop. It was caught on dashcam video and also filmed by a passer-by. The perjury charge is a misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Twenty-eight year old Sandra Bland was found dead in the Waller County jail. Although her death was ruled a suicide, an investigation is taking place, including involvement by the FBI.
(Hat tip to Pat Hartman for the interview reference.) Private consultant David Fisher looked into the in-custody death of Sandra Bland. He has found that Sandra was epileptic, and on the medication Keppra, which if stopped abruptly, causes seizure. From the time of her arrest on July 10, 2015, until the discovery of her body on July 13th, no medical personnel visited Sandra.
Sandra’s autopsy showed that she had a high concentration of marijuana in her system. Fisher points out in his interview that the Texas legislature just approved medical marijuana to treat epileptic seizures. On December 7, 2015, Fisher received a letter from the Waller County attorney that states they were treating Sandra with a drug. However, they asked the attorney general to allow them to withhold the name of the drug that they gave to Sandra. The toxicology report lists one drug in her system and that drug is marijuana.
Fisher also discovered that on Sunday, July 13, 2015, the charge was altered so that Sandra would have to go before a judge again to set another bond. You can listen to the entire interview at this link. Scroll down the page to the video box that is the audio of Fisher’s interview.