On July 10, 28-year-old Sandra Bland was arrested and charged with assaulting a public servant. She was taken to the Waller County Jail; three days later, she was found in her cell dead from what officials called suicide. Both the FBI and the Texas Rangers launched investigations trying to find out what happened.

Dashboard camera footage from Bland’s traffic stop was released on Tuesday.  (Note: The video was uploaded to YouTube Tuesday evening; it has since been taken down, after people pointed out errors and inconsistencies in the video, which led many to believe it had been edited. A DPS spokesman denied editing the video, and said this morning they would re-upload the footage without errors or omissions.)

Questions, in the wake of the video: What are the rules? Not policies or politeness –  specifically, what are your rights when you’re pulled over by police?

Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, speaks with Texas Standard about the footage of the arrest, point-by-point. Here’s a transcript of the conversation, edited for brevity and clarity:

The trooper asks, “You mind putting out your cigarette please?” And Ms. Bland says, “Well, I’m in my car – why do I have to put out my cigarette?” Does she have to put out her cigarette?

“No, she doesn’t have to put out her cigarette. And you wonder why the officer is even bothering with that. This is part of his escalation of the whole event that unfolded, unfortunately.”

The next part: “Step out of the car.” Ms. Bland says, “You do not have the right.” He interrupts – “I do have the right, step out of the car or I will remove you.” Does he have the right, first, to order her to step out of the car, and second, to actually physically remove her from the car?

“He does not have the right to say get out of the car. He has to express some reason. ‘I need to search your car,’ or, whatever; he needs to give a reason. He can’t just say ‘get out of the car’ for a traffic offense.”

It’s one thing to say he has a reason; it’s another to say he has to give a reason. He may have had probable cause, or thought he had it, we don’t know. Does he have to state it?

“He doesn’t have to state probable cause; he has to state some reason … And that’s part of the training that he should have had about how to de-escalate a situation. She’s clearly upset about what happened, particularly – as we know later on – that she moved over because he was tailing her. … He should be working on de-escalation. That’s the key. ”

Ms. Bland says, “I refuse to talk to you other than to identify myself.” Is she right or wrong?

“She’s right. Unfortunately, officers don’t like it when you know the law. In this case, even if you are right, you are still in danger. And that’s what we see unfolding here.”

The trooper says, “I am giving you a lawful order.” Now, is the is the lawful order to extinguish the cigarette, or to get out of the car, or neither?

“You can’t tell why. Certainly, telling her to put out the cig was not a lawful order. Just saying ‘Get out of the car,’ in and of itself, without an explanation, is not lawful. And you see him say that throughout the video without ever saying why [or] what’s going on here. It’s clear to me that he’s trying to assert authority that he probably does not have under the law, and he’s escalating the situation because he is upset. [He] doesn’t exercise the training that he needs to be exercising to de-escalate this situation.”

“I’m gonna yank you out of here,” is what the trooper says. Can he physically “yank” her out of her vehicle?

“He can’t do that either, unless she’s posing a threat to his welfare and safety. What he should have done was just wait for backup, if he couldn’t de-escalate it himself. But you don’t just pull somebody out of the car, and point that taser in her face. What if it had gone off? She’d have permanent brain damage.”

She says, “Dont touch me, I’m not under arrest.” Trooper says, “You are under arrest. She says, “Under arrest for what?” He then turns to his shoulder mounted radio, and asks for another unit. Does he have an obligation as a law enforcement officer to tell her why she is under arrest?

“Yes. He needs to – it’s not clear to her what’s going on. He needs to tell her, ‘You’re under arrest because …,’ but you can’t really tell her that. Because you can’t tell from the video that there’s any reason to have her under arrest.

She asserts her right to record this with her cell phone. That’s a right that has been clearly established. Is that true?

“She has a right to do that. But that’s another example where the officer perceives this as a challenge to his authority – and it further escalates the whole scenario.”

When he says “get out of the car, or I will light you up,” he is apparently referring to the use of a taser. Is that a legitimate threat? Is that something that’s okay for officers to do in that situation?

“No – here’s the situation where he is clearly violating her constitutional rights. This is excessive force on the part of the officer – to take that taser and point it in her face and say, ‘I’m going to harm you.’ Taser is the last recourse to a gun. And if he can’t get her out, he can’t de-escalate it, he’s got to wait for another officer to come and talk through this.”

Right now, the trooper has been placed on administrative duty. He’s not on leave, he’s still working for DPS. It’s our understanding that there is a violation of policy here – he should not have allowed it to escalate.

We are talking about a certain level of discretion that the state apparently entrusts with its troopers. Should officers have that much discretion?

“He clearly exceeded that. … The discretion here is, how do you de-escalate the situation? He could have just given her the ticket and walked away. Just like that. But he had to go through this confrontation. Of course, there are questions of race that come up here. And the fact that this is an out-of-state car moving through the town – and we know in Texas that’s a pretty typical profiling event. What bothers me a lot is that troopers are supposed to be the best-trained police officers we have in the state. This guy is clearly out of control – clearly shouldn’t be out on the streets dealing with people – [given] this level of escalation that he provokes.”

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  • Rachelle Fint September 3, 2016 at 8:10 am

    If you watch the dash cam video what gets me is when the first traffic stop ended the maroon car pulls off. A car comes driving down the middle of a turn lane and passes the car that had been stoped. A turn lane is not a passing lane. The officer clearly witnessed this much more serious traffic offense it was clearly wreckless. And he did nothing. Then he crosses over 4 lanes of traffic to whirl around and stop her for not using a turn signal, but there is only one way you are allowed to turn. Her turn was actually complete by the time the officer could have possibly observed her turn signal. She was parallel with him.

  • Tami July 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I think the officer was in the wrong. He needs to be fired.

    • T July 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Amen

  • ZG July 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Police make issues very personal ad seem to believe they wield authority and a great degree of discretion. The do not, they are instruments of the law, just tools. my screwdriver does not threaten screws nor should a police man. That woman is his employer, perhaps every incident should begin with officers having to state “you are y employer, & I can only require you t act lawfully.” This may alter their aggressive “I’m the authority mentality.” be polite do your job be humble, understand officers have zero personal authority, they are simply agents of the law.

  • Judy Campbell July 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I think as a Black woman some times you have to discern that he may have a chip on his shoulder. She should have put the cigarette out. You have to be the one to de-escalate the situation from the beginning because he was egging on a problem. She should have kepted looking forward and replI’d with no tone in her voice. I believe that she would be alive today.

    • Telicia Evil July 15, 2016 at 8:58 am

      I don’t think that’s a fair staement! We are taught that you are safe with police officers and can adk them anything. She asked questions to understand what was going on and he didn’t want her questioning him. So because someone has a chip on their shoulders I have to silence my voice as a person. Some would say that’s part of the problem blacks are always expected to comply even if they are in the right. We’ve complied and it’s still not working for us!

    • T July 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Well he did that to bully her, it wasn’t a lawful request.

    • Anonymous August 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      So we’re back to yes masser are we, slavery was abolished you know

    • Anonymous September 16, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      As a taxpaying citizen and therefore the officer’s employer, it is not the driver’s job to de-escalate a situation that they didn’t escalate in the first place. She had a right to defend herself within the law. I’m are you saying she should’ve behaved differently simply bc she was black?

  • Anonymous April 1, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    His peace office license should be revoked. If a LEO can not perform the job professionally, they do not need to do it anywhere!

  • Ruben March 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I was pulled over by a trooper unfairly given a speeding I know how fast I was going ,I told him I passed two other officers there was no problem with my speed he said I don’t know he made me step out of the car why if its a speeding ticket I forgot my wallet I told him I’m getting my wallet all the time I observed he had his hand on his service weapon he made me nervous,then he asked when was the last time u got a ticket I told him 14 years he ran my license 5 times why hoping to find something he didn’t give me a ticket for no registration but he was so focused on finding dirt on me he didn’t do his job right what’s going on with law enforcement we pay there salary not to shoot us or harass us

  • Anonymous March 3, 2016 at 6:07 am

    He shouldn’t of lied about the smoke cig issue but don’t think he should be fired .she should of just had respect for the smoke issue but only if your a non smoker like me will you understand. Think he was fired cause she committed suicide after the traffic stop and the department didn’t want to be invested …

    • T July 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      There was no smoke issue, she had the right to smoke in her car. It’s not illegal for her to have done so and he was just mad because she told him in so many words she didn’t have to. I guess it was ok to threaten to tase her and drag her out of her vehicle unlawfully. Yeah, he didn’t deserve to be fired for any of that….

    • Ann September 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      As a non smoker, I understand that he had a problem with the cig. As a citizen I understand , that gives him no right to misuse his power as a police officer. She did nothing illegal and he did nothing but disrespect and dehumanize her. You opinion is biased because you are a non smoker or simply because you would do the same thing to others if you got a little power. As a police officer, his duty is to serve and protect. His life was not in danger clearly but that did not stop him from killing her slowly, first by trying to shut her up ( killing her confidence), then arresting her ( killing her freedom). Listen, when you make a public comment like that, it makes you look stupid. Anyway, you would say that because she wasn’t a member of your family. He should not only be fired but face serious charges… He broke his oat to serve and protect… Contempt…

  • Charlotte March 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Need to be fired

  • Charlotte March 2, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Yes,he need to be off the street because this was really unessary n in feel it was a race issues, had it been ant other race he would have issued the warranty n been done! That’s what he should have done at first.

  • I. Iman February 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Officer should be terminated. Citizens knowing their rights only means police should know (correct) rights also. This situation spun out of control due to insecurity on the part of the arresting officer, and likely (sadly!) racial bias so often perpetrated by “public servants.”

  • Pamela Hunter February 13, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Well I can’t wait for the day that that officer has to answer Sandra Bland’s question she asked 12 times at least. What am I being arrested for? He never says. And you can hear on that dash cam video… the 50 plus minute one. When he is talking to his supervisor you can count the lies he tells his supervisor, describing what you just whitnessed in th video. The number one lie he told his super is that he said he never told Sandra she was under arrest. You can whiteness him telling her that while she is still in her car. And then you can hear him stumbling around verbally trying to figure out what he is going to charge her with… finally he says… oh yeah she kicked me.. (which her leg might have hit him when her threw her to the ground…. while hand cuffed… and you have to know this was right after you here her politely ask if he wants her to sit down now. He says no. And then she says… oh you are going to throw me to the ground and that is just what happened. She was hand cuffed and wearing a maxi dress. And he wants you to think she resisted arrest while hand cuffed. The guy not only needs to be off the force …. he should be in jail just like anyone else who assaults someone…. And also the false arrest of someone that too should be a criminal offense. Sorry we now need some good cops to come forward and start policing the police. #JusticeForSandraBland Listen no one is getting away with anything…. ever… one day this guy will have to meet his maker.

    • Anonymous July 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Well his day is coming. . God will take his Vengeance out on him it won’t be pretty

  • [email protected] February 11, 2016 at 3:16 am

    The point is , the police work for us. They took an oath under God to protect and serve us. We pay their paychecks. We do not have to respect anyone that does not deserve it. Respect is earned not given. Everyone is talking here as if the police are Gods and we are to bow down to their asses. No they work for us and would not have thwir jobs if it wasnt for us paying them. They are no different than you or I. They go through training before ever being put out on the streets. The problem is that people are crooked and evil and people like you and I are too scared to call them on their mistakes and stand up for yourselves for fear of being arrested. If we would start holding these uniformed street thugs accountable for their actions this shit would stop. The way it has become is that we are gonna have to carry a gun to protect ourselves from the same people that work for us and swore to protect and serve us. We should have the right to a say so in these and any officers job due to us paying them. They arevto be held to live by and follow and obey the same laws we abide by. A badge does not make them better than you or I. God is the only one that has the right to do as he feels. We gobto prison for less than what these uniformed street thugs are doing. Fair is fair and right is right. Equality is dead.

    • Anonymous April 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Next time you get pulled over, tell the cop you pay his salary and he works for you. Let me know how that works out for you.

    • Steven August 25, 2016 at 12:34 am

      Not all law enforcement officers are this way and just so u know their are officers in which they do not get paid by ur taxes, respect goes both ways, if I approach u or one of ur kids could I freely blow smoke in ur face? Education of the laws also goes both ways, ignorance to it has no defense. I understand some actions taken by officers can be wrong, however does that give us the right to judge the people on what u do at all times, is anyone actually perfect, to include both of us and may I ask what it is u do for a living so I can judge u without ever meeting u?!?

  • stoneaxe the 3thr January 19, 2016 at 2:05 am

    The officer totally forgot his basic training, he should be forced to go through the official training course, dynamic a different set of training officers and a higher pass mark to become a member in his team of good officers,if three is no inprovment in his attitude kick him out of the force because it makes you all look bad

  • Ed January 12, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Steer clear of Texas. No, really.. This is a travesty …. Complete and utter abuse of authority and quite frankly despicable from many angles. Reminiscent of nazi German. Officer was playing a game with her. Why did he ask her ‘what’s wrong’? Why didn’t he just give her the ‘warning’?… Because that’s not what he wanted to go down. He was gonna show her what happens when you get lippy.

  • Shalla January 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Sandra Bland was a habitual offender with 10 previous incidents with cops and over 7,000$ in fines owed. Come on, people. Since we’re focusing on this particular incident, let’s examine the facts.
    1. She could have been intentionally blowing the smoke in his face, resulting in him asking to put out her cigarette. Or because he was giving her paper tickets, he saw a potential danger of a fire. You don’t know Bland’s actions because you can’t see.
    2. Bland’s behavior clearly showed she was looking for trouble and mentally unstable. She had a platform to vent in court, not on the side of the road when both were in danger of oncoming traffic.
    3. Bland had extremely high levels of THC in her system during autopsy and previous old wounds. Her suicide proves she was mentally unstable. Sorry, but Bland was a threat to society an the officer during that traffic stop.
    When will our society remember cops are here to protect and serve? They seem to only harm lately when you have an arrestee being irate, not following verbal orders, etc.

    • Anonymous January 20, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Really so that means that if you are pulled over for speeding 10 times you are a criminal .that you should be yanked out of your car and slamed on the ground. ….and locked up in a lie .you saw the video footage when did she blow smoke in his face hell when did she kick him . what I saw was him grabbing her and losing his grip .I bet because his hands were sweatty..I say it all the time White people look out for white people .you know he was wrong but instead you think of what you wouldve said of you were the cop instead of thinking of what you would’ve said if you were the person that was pulled over .and that makes you a rasist just like that cop .if your black your worse than a traitor .because you would even think this way.and it’s sad that there is a lot of people that feels like you feel ..I’m willing to put my life in it that THEY came back and THEY killed her .chuck Norris covered it up and hovers boys second it because of what would happen if people knew the truth.Jim Jones .had it right .they killed him and made up shit. The Panthers they planted drugs on them made up shit killed them and locked them up. I love all people why can’t you . do you hate yellow daisies because their yellow???we are all the same we live, laugh, love .the same and it’s sad that people feel different. We didn’t come across no boreders we were brought here!!! Hell we didn’t free ourselves Y’all Did !!!.So why have a gripe with us, wtf did we do exactly??why be shity with us bro !!!

    • I. Iman February 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Since when is blowing smoke in someone’s face a “…threat to society…”? If mental illness was in play–for Bland, or officer for that matter–the situation required even more, informed handling. As for her 10 incidents and $7k in fines, another, hearty “so what?” The lady is dead. I don’the think this was the desired results whomever escalated the incident. The officer should take a refresher course in contact with e public, and someone held accountable for this woman’spouting death.

    • Afreeman July 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

      I want to know what you been smoking or drinking. The blind could see that the cop was power tripping. She knew her rights and that made him feel disrespect . Her pass offense had nothing to do with this stop. He was following her when she changed lanes to let him pass he stopped her for failure to signal, what was the reason he started following? He was just looking for trouble

    • Anonymous July 24, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      First of all, she did not deserve to be killed because of a failed turn signal. Second, the thug in uniform, wanted something to happen that day. He was in the wrong. Perhaps he himself is mentally challenged, or his little manhood was bruised, but nonetheless, he should have been the bigger person who’s in authority, and just give her the ticket and be on his way and allow her to do the same, instead, in his caucasoid mind, he felt superior, thereby escalating matters, in order to trounce her human rights to do her harm. Lastly, for God’s sake people, edit your texts before you post, because some of you, your sentences do not make any sense whatsoever, because of your GROSS use of the English language and lack of punctuation and
      your GROSS misspelling of words. If you want your comments to make sense and be taken seriously, please check your work before posting. GEEZ!!!!!

  • fred williams January 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I’m sick of abusive cops. You have the right to remain silent and too many cops feel like you are not showing them the respect that they feel you must show them. B.S. Ms Bland should never have been arrested

  • fred williams January 7, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I am so sick of abusive cops. Yes she antagonize him but the police are supposed to be trained to keep these situations under control. Had the officer kept his cool I feel Ms Bland would be alive today as she should never have been arrested. ” You have the right to remain silent” too many cops forget that and feel like you have to answer their questions.

  • Goddess January 3, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I was planning a road trip through Texas just before Sandra Bland’s death. As a woman, I feared my safe passage with my out of state plates, even though I am white. I went to a 3rd world country instead for my vacation.
    I know many good Texans but the utter corruption of law inforcement is terrifying. I have been to San Antonio and watched ineptitude by police there also. I witnessed a gang murder and the cops let the killers walk away without arrest.
    Do not roll down your window more than a half inch to hand your documents if the cop seems odd. Saved my butt one time with a psycho cop.
    Second great tip: understand that the cop thinks he/she is doing there job. Last time I was stopped, I said “I was really speeding wasn’t I?” Because I was. He laughed and let me go; you can also diffuse a situation, do not give up that power!

  • Joe December 29, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Too much ignorance here to address. I had no idea there were this many uneducated folks.

    • Ed January 12, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Truth hurts….. This officer needed to be removed. He didn’t understand the law or constitutional rights and holds contempt for those who do.

  • Camille December 22, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Our Rights are continuously being violated by “figures of authority.” It happens more, than people really understand, on local levels Everywhere. From your Judges to your local Police, Senetors who turn blind eyes to corruption, to CPS, and child trafficking, and violations of the Color of Law and many others. .. It’s getting harder and harder to know who’s REALLY on your side. When did Truth and Justice abandon it’s citizens?

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  • Anthony December 19, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    The people in the jail are the ONE’S,
    they KILLED her.

  • Anthony December 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Be glad to FIRE him myself

  • Anthony December 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I call it: Sandra’s Song
    Sandra Bland’s Song

    White cop car sitting in the rain,
    waiting on the roadside to inflict some pain,
    could be you,
    could be me,
    doesn’t really matter,
    thing they want to do is collect their fee.
    It’s about control or don’t you know-otherwise
    how did the lady go to jail for a traffic “Sig-Nol”,
    then they tell me they find her dead,
    they tell me she committed suicide in her bed………WTF?

    Sandra Bland 2015
    By: Anthony Marson
    [email protected]

  • marquies October 15, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Racist politicians and cops commenting as anonymous. Makes me sick. This is just work of the white devil.
    Only good thing we can say is heavens gonna be pretty damn black . Jesus once said you are my people, they’ll persecute you because they persecuted me first. Look what they did to Jesus Christ and look what they did and do to black people. Notice any similarities?

    • Joe December 29, 2015 at 5:52 am

      So, so, so dumb…

  • Anonymous September 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Texas cops had been illegally listening to Sandra’s phone conversations and knew she was going to her first day of work on this day, and this “stop” was covertly “planned” simply as a ruse to “screw” with her. This was no random traffic stop. Sandra Bland was targeted by Texas Cops..

    • Anonymous October 27, 2015 at 9:33 am

      How do you know this? Why would they do this?

    • KATHY October 30, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Happened to me a thousand times; they would work with my x also, to set me up or to know when or where I would be going so that they could be waiting for me.

    • Anonymous December 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Probably true

  • Liz August 20, 2015 at 5:34 am

    By allowing that officier to work on admin.duties says that although the DPS doesn’t condone his behavior they did not view it sever enough to fire him for completely losing his control for being responsible for conduct unbe coming a officier & giving unlawful comands that r not with his scope of the law….he should have been arrested for insiteing a member of the public with out due cause

    • Anonymous December 8, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      I agree

  • Enrique Moreno August 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Goo.gl/rdu4t5 I was falsely arrested. Here is a two gig video of three officers forcing my window open and pulling me out of my car because I was being a “dumbass”.

  • James August 16, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I’m going to say I’ve been through that with AS WHOLE DART POLICE AND THE SITUATION IS THEY COULD HAVE BEEN NICE ABOUT IT.It was late and I just got off work from my Security JOB at The Fair Park post and the DART POLICE officer was rude about The whole thing and I WAS THINKING THIS AS WHOLE IS LUCKY I DON’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO GO SUPER SAIYIN ON HIM OR ELSE HE’D BE HURTING REALLY BAD but I have to say the TROOPER should have written her a ticket or warning and call it I’ve dealt with police before but walking home at night suspicious person call on me and the Dallas police officers were pretty nice when I told them I was walking home from work because I didn’t have a car but I’m going to say I’m supporting the TROOPER but it’s reflective on you and your police agency to handle people with respect unlike THE AS WHOLE DART POLICE OFFICER WHO COULD HAVE BEEN NICE AND RESPECTFUL OF ME AND HE WASN’T JUST RUDE TO ME ONLY HE WAS RUDE TO OTHER PEOPLE. I wonder how he would’ve reacted if I’d had shown HIM STATE TROOPER badge and told him I’m relieving him of duty until DART POLICE EITHER train him BETTER for dealing with people or fire his ASS for improper conduct from a public servant

  • A Watkins August 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Well Being a libertarian and a constitutionalist, I try my best to look at the facts. Fact 1 Every time The cop tries to explain she treats him like a husband. Not matter what he tries to say… she knows best. fact 2 listenting to Jim Harrington will get you arrested. He is only half right. and the reason he is only half right is because he wants to see the parts he choose to see. First the cop clearly says You seem irritated… Her irritation and combative attitude., becomes a safety issue. Is he required to tell her why he asked her to step out, perhaps…..Did she give him a chance No… At the onset of the stop the cop is very corgial how ever they both escalated it. Know your rights is always good. Know how to convey them is an art Ms Bland and Mr Harrington need to work on. I can state unequivocally, Ms Bland should have stated “Sir Since you had to ask me to put out my cig I don t believe I am required by law to do so. Am I required by law” Her “HUSBAND REPLY” is what got her in trouble.

    • Anonymous November 18, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Her “husband reply”? That is so insulting. “As if”! You’re a constitutionalist, but you don’t see the many ways he violated Sandra’s rights? He deliberately antagonize her. She was free to go the minute he finished writing the ticket. He had no reason to further engage other than to escalate the situation.And hell yes, she was irritated. He zoomed up behind her, obviously speeding in a 20 mph zone. Naturally, she moved over to let him by, because at that point, she had no reason to believe she was getting pulled over. I have never seen anyone signal when allowing emergency vehicles to pass. THEN he pulls her over. And has the nerve to right her a warning. He never should have stopped her. He shouldn’t have been speeding for no reason in a 20mph zone. THE WHOLE INCIDENT IS HIS FAULT AND NOW SHE IS DEAD. DON’T YOU DARE BLAME HER. A person should not be required to kiss an officer’s ass to keep from getting arrested or shot. As for her “husband reply”, she had freedom of speech. I say had because she’s,not here to defend herself anymore. The only mistake she made was to drive through Texas. And as a proud Texan, that makes me very ashamed.

  • Buster August 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

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    • Anonymous December 29, 2015 at 5:50 am

      You think it needs more attention because it’s a narrative you want to believe. Cops are there to serve me! Wrong and you’re dumbass is going to end up in jail. Go ahead, be ‘correct’, act stupid, and go to jail.

  • Anonymous August 5, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Right on!

  • J. Tucker August 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    It is clear that this man is not responsible enough to be a cop. Regardless of what happened once she was in jail he should be fired. He has forgotten his oath to protect and SERVE the police are not here to parade their power around and intimidate and threaten women to boost their own ego. In the proceeding investigations if it does turn out she was murdered than the guilty parties should be put away but regardless he shouldn’t just be on leave. He should be FIRED.

  • Anonymous August 2, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I think she was profile because she had a Illinois license plate. I think the state of Illinois has had a bad rape since Obama became the president. I think Sandra Bland knew her rights and she was an intelligent young lady, who died at the hand of the Texas Ranger police. Police officers please stop stereotyping people just because of where we are from. The South needs to get a grip and stop asking as if their state is better than the other state. We are all Americans and we are abide by the same law. Black lives matters…and let just own up to our mistakes. I will say her name Sandra Bland.
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  • Marcus August 1, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    He was looking for a fight. I know because I used to do the same thing when i was in the Army. He asked her to put out the cig maybe just to see his authority in action. He appears he was attempting to “flex his muscles” which is understandable because the kid cop stands about 4 feet

    The facts are: had this fella applied effective de-escalation skills as is his responsibility as a public servant, this event would not have happened.

    Police need more training.

  • chandra July 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I truly believe it has to do with race. I truly believe she could have even been “hung” on her jail cell. This is definitely a reaction to cop killing. Think about it ppl. We still have racism and believe it or not, ppl are choosing sides to whom they can kill i.e., unjust white cops killing black civilians, civilians retaliating and shooting cops, now cops reacting more powerful to make a statement (hanging black women in jail)

  • Amy July 31, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I cant say whether the situation was exacerbated because she was black. I do know that in this situation, the officer was the one working in a professional capacity and had a responsibility to de escalate. He failed miserably. This was a bully abiding power and there is no excuse for his behavior.

    • chandra July 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      I truly believe it has to do with race. I truly believe she could have even been “hung” on her jail cell. This is definitely a reaction to cop killing. Think about it ppl. We still have racism and believe it or not, ppl are choosing sides to whom they can kill i.e., unjust white cops killing black civilians, civilians retaliating and shooting cops, now cops reacting more powerful to make a statement (hanging black women in jail)

  • Vanessa July 31, 2015 at 8:56 am

    He racist the person he stop first he was so nice to her why because she white next you can see in that same video as he saw her he started to follow her this need to stop I’m tired of seeing cop kill people and get away with it

    • jamaal August 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      I mean if you’re not going to use any grammar at least throw a couple periods in there.

  • Rosa, am sure that you under those circumstances would of done exactly what she did. Hope it never happens to you! July 30, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    He had no right after giving her the ticket for the violation to ask her to put out the cigarette, he had no right to ask her to get out of the car, he never gave her a reason he was out of order period.

    • A Watkins August 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      He had every right to tell her to get out, she was abrasive and belligerent. Yeah he acted unprofessional, But she acted stupidly. Again Knowing your rights is good, Conveying them is an art. Yeah so she had a bad day, or she got a visit from her auntie flow…. what ever, Hollering and caterwauling gets you no place with the police. Well actually it does. it gets you to the jail. But hey what do I know, I m just a guy who was pulled over driving while white in a drug neighborhood. 46 times in one month putting Roofs on houses in a work truck none the less

  • Patricia July 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I think that Sandra Bland should still be alive. I believe this cop was nothing but a bully in a uniform. So what if she was smoking. If it was pot, that was wrong, and she should not have pushed the envelope on that. Not a good idea to have any drugs on your person outside of your home. But I believe that she was so depressed after being arrested that she saw no way out but to take her own life. I have a daughter her age. This is a young woman who died a senseless death. There is nothing more to say except prayers for her. This cop deserves to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  • Linda Z Patterson July 30, 2015 at 1:00 am

    I believe when the officer told Sandra to put out the cigarette, he already planned to follow that with “get out of the car.” I don’t think it mattered whether she put out the cigarette or not. The second he profiled her, he was looking to bully someone.

    • Anonymous July 30, 2015 at 6:16 am

      I agree.

    • Rachael July 30, 2015 at 10:33 am

      He didn’t even “tell” her. ‘Do you mind’ indicates a request that can be approved or denied. You’re right with the rest of it though, he was gunning for conflict from the moment he sped up behind her

  • Kimberly July 29, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Very informative. Can someone publish what are rights are if we are pulled over, or walking to Bart and someone says we look suspicious? Do you have to show your id? If the officer violates our rights will they be held accountable?

  • M.Strader July 29, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I think the FBI should investigate the officer for other frivolous warnings and assaults on women and whether. Is it the town policy to “tag” citizens, get them in the system. Girls and women are no safe if he is asking so many personal questions instead of just giving the motorist the knowledge that it is lawful to use turn signals all the time; like turn on red is or is not legal and by the way ” where you headed?”
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  • Truth July 29, 2015 at 11:45 am

    It’s interesting how the officer is being blamed for the escalation. It’s clear he overstepped his bounds and that he was a total dick, but Bland would be alive if she chose to report his ass rather than challenging him and his partner on some stupid shit. ‘Sure officer, I can put out my cigarette, IM in a rush could I please have my ticket and be on my way?’ But no, she wanted to be a hero, and now she’s dead. She knows the problems facing minorities with cops and their prevalence in the news. Instead of wasting her life she could have chosen a much better battleground to sacrifice her life on. Whether she killed herself is another issue. She probably did, but then it could easily have been an accident. There’s a slim chance she was murdered. Either way something is being covered up. In the meantime, black people, smile, say hi, and live to fight another day. Maybe arm yourselves if you’re going to be a hero. Least you’ll take a couple of cops with you.

    • Rachael July 30, 2015 at 10:40 am

      What’s interesting is that you think that her saying ‘I’m in a hurry, give me the ticket’ would have had this bum in blue behaving any different than he did. Did you find the fact that he intentially move her out of the range of his dash cam also? How about when he a she came back in frame gor that short moment and he was yelling for her to stop resisting when she was clearly letting him guide her. You know when he moved her told her vehicle then snatched her back by the cuffs? And wasn’t it also so very interesting that she was so uncooperative and combative that he left her alone to walk around her car? This entire case was interesting. Let’s see if all of this info will be ignored or not.

    • Cat July 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Unfortunately the tactic you suggest has been used over and over and it’s not working. She’s dead and it’s senseless but the idea that it’s somehow better to wait and sue when police departments all over the country are paying millions of tax payer dollars in civil suits is misguided at best. She would be alive but the point is she shouldn’t have been arrested and smile and sue is not changing our system. The Jackie Robinson approach of take abuse and win them over is also not working.

      • Truth August 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

        The idea of cooperation is not to win them over, its more like to have a chance at fighting when it really counts for something. Fighting or challenging a traffic cop is not a hard win battle for civil rights, its just an argument with a cop. Again, even if you’re cooperative things can go wrong but they’re definitely going to go wrong when you don’t cooperate. What some people aren’t seeing is that you standing up to challenge the cop is still you counting on the system to give a damn about your feelings. It doesn’t. If you really want to be a rebel then rebel. You can’t have one foot in the system and the other dead set against it. So short of getting your guns and raising hell esp. when you feel your rights have been violated, don’t say or do a damn thing but cooperate. And the tactic I suggest is just using sense. And it works for me every damn time.

        • DB September 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

          Man, I really get that point. It seems like a radical revolution might be the only way to effectively effect a serious change in the police force issue. Buy lying back and letting them run all over you is NOT going to help fix the problem. The truth is Sandra Bland had to die for us to see what this cop is like, and for us to see that the police force thinks that fight-seeking behavior fleshed out while in the uniform of power is ok, just don’t have him directly interact with the public on the streets….

          This is 100% not ok. We have rights as citizens of the USA, and if we give them up because we’re scared of being HURT or KILLED by authority figures because they are wielded THAT much power, then what rights do we have?

        • DB September 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

          Not to mention I’ve noticed a lot of these vids end up having support called. The police officers, who are friends and coworkers and FAMILY, don’t only show up and help the calling police officer without questioning if he made the right calls, but likely wouldn’t even WANT to question the officer calling, because they ARE birds of a very special flock. This is almost like a peerless group – who do police officers and heads report to? Who ultimately is holding these groups accountable?

          Comply now, ask questions later, is not an OK excuse/rallying call. This system favors a public that is unaware of basic knowledge – that is ignorant of their rights, the social dynamics, and the fact that police AREN’T really there to be a public servant/protect the public (real quick – that’s not to say there aren’t police officials that believe in helping and serving the public – there’s always a mix, always exceptions to rules) – the police are there to support the GOVERNMENT – the laws and rules to govern us (We are being governed), and to make revenue for the government. (Quotas and etc….)

    • KATHY October 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

      MAYBE We need more people that are willing to stand up to the police. Not put them down for doing so. It’s sad that it takes someone dying to get any attention on the matter, I know Ihave been fighting with texas law enforcement for ten years now. Why, I will never know why they did this to my life. I do know that you can complain to everyone in every branch of the government and nothing will be done to protect you, or to relieve you of their abuse. My son died a month ago, and I can definitely thank the Texas Law Enforcement for him not being here today. They have ran us into the ground.

  • Anonymous July 29, 2015 at 6:59 am

    This to me is straight racial profiling!!!! Had this been any other person of a different race none of this would have never happen.He need to be fired n taking off of police force!!!!! They suppose to be here to serve n protect but lately it’s been a lot of blacks dieing in the hands of cops,n I rarely see this happen to any whites and I think there a problem. This lady should have got her warrent n that was it but it clear he want to pick on her for no damage reason. All of this for a damaged traffic violations n now she died Wow!!! She didn’t kill herself n God will make all the evil liars that was involved pay

    • Anonymous July 31, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Yes, in Texas they do like to make a big deal out of using your tirn signals… Good excuse to get in your business and pocket!!
      Unfortunately the cop and Sandra both had ATTITUDE TO SPARE!! Fools both of them!!
      I think Sandra Bland was ABUSED IN JAIL!! Another report said she talked to family while in jail and they had already briken her collar bone!!! My guess: THEY MURDERED SANDRA BLAND IN JAIL!!! ( where would she get plastic.. They keep that stuff away from inmates). She was probably raped too!

  • Jay July 29, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Simple the World Is a ghetto.

  • maggi July 28, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I am social worker, white, 63. Five years ago, while talking to a 58 yr old white guy who just happened to have a ponytail. Two police cars, sirens wailing sped onto the Burger King parking lot, cops ordered us out of the my car. They searched my entire car for drugs. My friend and I just let the 4 cops do whatever they wanted. Do what the police tell you to do. Speak to a lawyer later if you feel you must. But keep your mouths shut. They have all the power in these situations. Kiss their asses if you must,

  • George July 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    It appears Ms Bland may have been smoking pot and the trooper asked her to put out the butt. Autopsy results have indicated high levls of marijuana in her blood stream. This could have been the reason for her failure to signal properly, put ot the cigarette when requested, and refuse to get out of the car when requested.
    Just sayin….

    • Anonymous July 29, 2015 at 7:02 am

      She was smoking a damaged cigarette not pot,maybe u cant hear clearly! N weather she had pot in her damage system had not a damaged thing to do with this ticket, they try to find any thing to cover their buttstock when it come to their screw up

    • Anonymous July 29, 2015 at 7:22 am

      You don’t believe this if he thought she was smoking pot he would have said so. He is wrong, wrong and wrong somewhere he feels powerless ( like must cowards do) and thought he could get some power by bullying someone who he thinks is powerless. He is paid to protect and service Sandra Bland and the rest of us and he attack her instead. There’s real crime being done and this is how he spends his time on the job.

    • Papuchituyo August 5, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Did you see the complete video? The Police decided to do a U-turn to follow Her. She did not make Any turn, she moved to the right so that he could pass, but he decided to pull her over.

  • Shawn July 28, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I don’t think this article was hilarious, it’s very serious and it’s a perfect example of the injustice by those who are in higher authorities. As citizens of this country we are protected by the constitution and this woman who was well within the scope of the law got her fourth amendment right violated by a police officer who should have treated her lawfully. She have a right to question this state trooper because she needed to know why he wanted her to put out her cigarette, and step out of her car when he clearly did not provide any reasonable lawfully explanation of his actions towards her. We all must take this seriously because it can happen to anybody. Until you are in that situation you can say otherwise but don’t think it’s funny and only geared towards the victim, consider the situation as well and YES the victim too

    • Anna July 29, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      This happened to me back in 1986. I was driving with my mother and my niece to the Sea World, traffic was heavy. I was in the right lane and I steered car to right to better see traffic in front of me. California Highway Patrol officer stopped me about 300 yards later and wrote me ticket that I was driving ont he shoulder – which I was not. I stepped out of the car without him asking, but when I ‘ve seen the ticket – which was false – I told him that ticket is fraudulent and that I will not sign it. Within the minute five police cars appeared and they were asking me to sign the ticket. My mother does not speak English well, so she did not understand well what is going on. My niece started crying with so many policeman around the car. I asked for the badge number and police station he was working in. After I (very reluctantly signed the ticket) I was let go. I stopped on the way to the Sea World at the police stations and filed complaint. I went to the court to defend the ticket but the policeman was not there. I was trying to find out if he was punished for writing fraudulent tickets and never was able to do so.

      Today I understand that had it not be for my mother and niece, I probably would end up in jail. BTW – I’m white and at the time I was in my mid thirties.

  • anthony July 28, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Bull! Look at the very beginning of the video. Sandra left the stop sign on her way the jerk was going the other direction and had no reason to do a U turn and follow her in the first place. he was profiling at that point. then he drove behind her bumper for awhile and didn’t put his lights on so she pulled over to the right to let him by and then he put his lights on saying improper lane change. Bull! He should have wrote the warning after he checked her credentials and issued the qarning and then got his racist behind in the car and went on his merry way instead of baiting her and asking her whats wrong. then violating her constitutional rights again by asking her to put out her smoke in her own vehicle which he doesn’t have a right to do in the first place. He asked her a question she answered it with no violent attitude or gestures in anyway to warrant this cops actions. She said I’m waiting for you to write me the ticket so I can sign it. She doesn’t put out her smoke so he then says get out of the car, she says why I’m not under arrest, Cop says you are under arrest and she says what for he doesn’t answer the question. This is clearly a case of big ball Syndrom and she knew her rights as a citizen and she wasn’t scared or slavish to the officer. he was wrong and I wish people would look at this video again! He didn’t follow his own protocol and then lied on the report in writing and verbally to his supervisor. Ridiculous and he should be brought up on charges and fired period!

    • Anonymous July 28, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      You’re absolutely correct.

    • Papuchituyo August 5, 2015 at 1:02 am

      You are correct, people should see the complete video, where he makes the U-turn to follow her.

  • dobes July 28, 2015 at 7:21 am

    It was clear from the moment that he observed that she was “irritated” that he was itching for a fight. And this article says that in everything she did – from refusing to put out her cigarette to saying she would only identify herself to asking what she was under arrest for she was within her rights. Yet she ended up dead after spending three days in a jail cell for a traffic offense Obviously, if we simply obey officers’ orders, whether they are lawful or not, we stand a better chance of living through the encounter. But then who will force police officers to stop overstepping their authority? It’s a no-win situation.

  • Linda Miller July 28, 2015 at 4:02 am

    He should be prosecuted for leading to the death of this young woman. As a woman, she has the right to stay in her car for her own safety. She should have requested a female officer be called before agreeing to get out of her car. This guy should never be allowed to deal with the public ever again. He should be tried for murder.

    • Anonymous July 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Ditto

    • Anonymous July 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

      No she took her own life that was her choice I absolutely agree the officer was in the wrong on all counts but that still does not absolve her of the choice she made us she could have handled the situation differently and not bought into his game and no she shouldn’t have to have done that she should have been treated with respect but she also didn’t have to take her life just because she was wronged before she made that decision doesn’t make her a martyr many people who take their own life have been wronged in some way by a person or society but we don’t hold them accountable for the decision to end it in that way don’t let your emotions cloud reason and logic I’m sure if the officer knew she would end her life he wouldn’t have attacked her even assholes don’t want to see people dead

      • Anonymous July 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

        This was supposed to be a reply to Linda’s comment by the way sorry for the mix up

  • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    You are correct. The real issue is that Ms Bland did not want to comply. You obviously think that if she had been a good girl that none of this would have happened. She is allowed to smoke in her car. She doesn’t have to acquiesce to his whim. She didn’t put a blinker on when when she changed lanes. And for that she is handcuffed and carried to jail?

    The real problem is that the officer apparently thinks its against the law to question his authority. He got his ego bruised when he realized he could not bully her.

    Riddle me this. Why did he keep moving her out of the way of the dash cam? If not for a bystander we would have never seen her thrown to the ground. Why was the tape edited?

    The cops can instill fear but they have to earn respect. I saw nothing about thy officer that was respectable.

  • teresa green July 27, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I honestly see why we have such a racially divided system here you are telling people the laws and they still side with the police is it only because you’ve never been treated like a harden criminal for a minor offense ijdgi but it seems to me that so called college educated people truly believe police are justified until one of your relatives ends up dead at their hands and they tell you some bullshit as to what happened to him / her why is it so hard to admit that this man was wrong no matter what are you seeing the same video that we are seeing wtf when are black people gonna be allowed to evoke their constitutional right? Or are you trying to reestablish slavery or Jim Crow laws like how do you live within your bubble but claim racism doesn’t exist

  • Richard Woods July 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I think that he needs to be put in jale witha bunch of brothas an get man handled like a woman an beat down

  • Dane Schule July 27, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I want to have as much infoation about this young officer as we have bandying about concerning Ms. Bland. How old id he? What is his educational history? Is he martied? Does he have children? Was he a problem student in school? What is his medical history (we all hesrd the very personal information that Ms Bland suffered a tragic miscarriage.) Has he suffered any emotional stress in the ladt year or so? What have his petformance reviews been on the job? What did his trainers have to say about him? Has he been involved in any other notable cases since he was hired? I want t o know how fit he was on that day to be carrying a gun and a taser and the authority to be performing this job.

    • JoAnna [email protected] July 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      You are absolutely correct!!! Anytime something like this happens the media floods us with information about THE VICTIM and their personal life in an effort to dehumanize them in our minds and evoke the feeling that the VICTIM wasn’t such a nice person anyway or had some sort of issues that provoked the situation that ended in their death but very seldom do you hear about the personal demons of the person that caused the death. That is why most of these law enforcement murderers get away with their crimes; the darkness in their lives doesn’t fit the mass media’s agenda. Most of the media would rather make the VICTIM look like an unstable aggressor than just a VICTIM.

  • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Every other legal source I’ve read since this incident had said that yes, police can order you out of your car during a mundane traffic stop, even with no intention of searching your vehicle. They can also perform a minimal pat-down.

    • teresa green July 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Only when it is lawful he should have just given her the ticket if he wasn’t trying to escalate a situation where he was gonna make an arrest

    • Anonymous July 28, 2015 at 2:22 am

      Not without giving you a reason they can’t, and he violated supreme court ruling that an officer can’t prolong a traffic stop unless there is evidence of danger to traffic, which there wasn’t, or a clear criminal act taking place, which there wasn’t. He didn’t have to do anything but give her the warning and if he was really that pissed switch it to an actual ticket and keep it moving.

      • Anonymous July 29, 2015 at 11:26 pm

        Penn v. Mimms. 1977. Read it

  • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    This woman lost it because how dare someone pull her over or ask her to stop blowing smoke in their face. The cop was certainly out of line with how quickly he escalated. I think she hung herself after she realized she would be missing the first day at her new job and figured she would be fired before she even started.

    • Anonymous July 28, 2015 at 1:45 am

      I think this is one stupid comment and needs to be removed! First of all she couldn’t wait to go to court so hell no I don’t believe she killed herself! Why?

  • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Problem is you posted an article written by an ACLU advocate who likes to stretch things his own way. An officer on a traffic stop can legally tell you to get out of your vehicle just look at the Supreme Court case. Also, if you don’t an officer is legally allowed to physically pull you from the vehicle or even taser you. Yes an officer has to tell you that you are under arrest, BUT not until he has detained you. As a citizen, you have the right to record any event, BUT that doesn’t give you the right to hold your cell phone when you are out of the car. You can set it down and record, but not keep it in your hand and record.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Well obviously you don’t know the law before you comment maybe you shall go get the real laws

    • Anonymous July 29, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      It’s obvious that you don’t know the law. The officer don’t have the right to tell you to get out of the car unless he have probable cause. I see that their are so many racist in this world and these are the ones who will find whatever takes to say the negative things about blacks. Only the racist will look at us as not being human beings. If you’re not racist then I love you, but these are truly since people.

  • Rima McCabe July 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    It seems like being polite and doing what you’re asked to do by a cop is a better strategy than having ‘attitude. Even if it’s because you think you know your rights. Whether or not you really do. Whatever your race is. My two cents. It’s really sad the lady died. Also, maybe police could use more training so they can treat people better and do their jobs without unnecessary violence.

  • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I think that your wrong, when asked to identify herself it should have been done the first time, and when they ask you to get out of the car you get out of the car, Maybe he did not like cig. smoke, you push your agenda on those of us who do smoke, tit for tat…..and maybe you need to know your texas traffic laws better! you are wrong on some points! so before you start telling people to know their rights at traffic stops best make sure that you get the laws correct!

  • Alyssa Mendenall July 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    There need to be extensive psych evaluations on officers being hired and De-militarization of the forces. Meanwhile somewhere else someone is actually causing harm needing arrest. Admin or leave is not enough there needs to be an arrest to officers abusing citizens. 30 day sentence for excessive use of force

    • Anonymous July 28, 2015 at 9:04 am

      I disagree. Abuse of power under color of law must be punished by being put to death. Those who are paid to serve and protect should be held to the highest standard. Otherwise, what is the point of having police?

  • AMANDA July 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    She shouldn’t have even been handcuffed to resist arrest, it never should have gone this far. Just because you’re a police officer doesn’t mean you can talk down to others

    • Anonymous July 28, 2015 at 1:48 am

      Agree

  • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This article is hilarious and was only created to favor Ms. Bland. The REAL issue is that Bland did not want to comply with the officer. The officer not being perfect on the way he worded his requests is IRRELEVANT. When Bland was being pulled over, she automatically had it in her mind that this cop was going to treat her badly because she is black so Bland automatically had a bad attitude and refused to comply. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      How the hell do you know what happened and who thought what? Were you there? Oh you must be a mind reader.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      The lack of respect this officer demonstrated is truly frightening. Police are in a position of power and should be trained in situational sensetivity. The woman was upset but certainly a non-threat to the policeman. As a Caucasian it appears to me we’re looking at an egomaniac is attempting to deal with one of those “Uppity,” black women who feels she has the right to question his authority. He needs to be fired immediately. This police department has failed in their training. Citizens in this area should be very skeptical of any traffic stop. The outcome of this entire nightmare saddens my heart for this victims family.

    • Anonymous July 28, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      I guess you were there reading her mind, right?

    • JoAnna [email protected] July 29, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Um… yeah, I’m going to have to call bs on your theory. Number one: the state trooper was going in the opposite direction of MS. Bland, saw her and her out of state plates and made a uturn. He then began closely tailing her even though she had done nothing wrong up to that point. After being tailed for a few minutes she got over to let him pass her, without using her turn signal granted, (and in my opinion she got over because she was fed up with being closely tailed by a cop and was probably thinking let me go ahead and pull over and see what he does, pull me over or go around me) and that FINALLY gave him an excuse to pull her over. Hmm… I don’t know of many people, of ANY race, that would NOT be irritated by THAT.
      Number two: I live in Dallas tx., I’ve been pulled over many times for speeding, running lights, traffic violations and no matter how many times this has happened to me, as soon as the cop walks away with my license and insurance I light a cigarette, not so much out of nervousness but the “ugh there goes that new handbag I wanted” feeling while thinking about the cost of the impending ticket. AS A COURTESY ( because I know not EVERYBODY smokes cigarettes) I ALWAYS ASK THE OFFICER IF HE/SHE WOULD PREFER THAT I PUT IT OUT; and each time I’ve been told I don’t HAVE to, smoke doesn’t bother him/her, and IT IS PERFECTLY LEGAL FOR ME TO SMOKE MY CIGARETTE IN MY CAR just don’t throw the butt outside.

      I’ve said all this to say different situations warrant different reactions. I’m black, 30 years old, and get wayyyyyy more traffic tickets than anybody I know and on a few occasions forgotten about some, got pulled over and informed I had a warrant or two but most police officers are NOT looking for a fight, most police officers don’t want to take you to jail for traffic violations because they don’t want to do the paperwork. This officer instigated a confrontation because he felt his authority was being challenged. end of story.

  • Megan July 27, 2015 at 9:34 am

    It seems that there was not one thing that happened during this traffic stop that this officer handled correctly. He was obviously not prepared to deal with someone who is fully aware of their rights. This coward needs to be fired and arrested. If he can’t even handle a traffic stop without escalating the situation, he does not need to be working with people. And he likely had something to do with the death of this poor woman. 🙁

  • Nichole Mayers July 27, 2015 at 8:41 am

    This is incorrect. The police officer DOES have the right to ask her to step out of the car. Pennsylvania vs Mimms. The supreme court ruled it constitutional, which means it is the LAW OF THE LAND.

    How are you writing about law without doing your diligence?

    The police could not SEARCH without a warrant. You’re incorrect about that as well.

    • the real truth September 2, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      This is one of the only few educated comments I have read on here! Thank you!!!!! The ignorance in the article and MOST of the comments gives me a headache

  • HBS July 27, 2015 at 4:57 am

    It was with in the officers training and responsibility to DE ESCALATE. He chose to escalate to teach her a lesson about authority. If her knowledge of her rights escalated the officer… She paid for it with three days in jail and her life. Whether racial or not these were not “minor mistakes” these wereserious infringements on her civil right. It was not her job to be polite.

  • Corndog July 27, 2015 at 3:04 am

    According to the Supreme Court, t IS lawful to order a a driver or passenger out of the car at a traffic stop. The officer does NOT have to give a reason.

  • Wayne July 27, 2015 at 1:59 am

    I think somewhere around half of our law enforcement officers are bullies with badges, in a nutshell!
    If they weren’t LEO they would be criminals And thugs.
    With the “Blue Wall” in place we’ll never know; the “Blue Wall” is nothing less than obstruction of justice!
    Hopefully, with video and audio recording, the bad half will get some of the “justice” they’re dispensing!
    With men coming back from a war and being TAUGHT to be killers there’ll never be a shortage of recruits into LEO.

  • Stephanie July 26, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I think that the officer should be fired. We do not need officers like him. It is officers like him that makes it bad for the good police. He lied, gave two different statements.

  • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    In every event like this, where police abuse is rampant, I would hope that 10 attorneys would file mutiple (like 50) class action lawsuits and mutiple clasd action liens against the officer’s themselves, the department and everyone who tainted this case.
    Minimum amount 100 billion dollars per lawsuit. Liens should be placed on same individuals and corporations assets, income, homes, buildings, bank accounts etc.

  • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Makes me sick. The officer should be jailed or at least FIRED

  • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    He should be removed

  • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I live in Kansas and I was traveling to Arlington and we got pulled over. We were in Carrollton and a officer from another jurisdiction passed us, slowed down got behind us, pulled us over. Told everyone to get out, (male) searched our bodies 2 male and 2 female while other cops from other counties stood there watching including a female officer. Searched our car all without permission. The female officer stated she doesn’t know why he is searching he is in control. They didn’t find anything so they let us go. Texas officials know what’s going on they have just turned the other cheek.

  • Anom July 26, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Listen the world is what it is. If you don’t like how the world works in your microworld then move. If you don’t have the means to move or don’t think you should then tough shit. We all go through shit. The answer is simple, if you know the deck is stacked against you then don’t try to be a hero over a ticket in this case. There is a time to stand your ground and a time to just accept it. If this is a race then then so be it. Is it right, no. Is it the world you live in, unfortunately it is. Realize this is a tiny event in the big picture and a few dozen media recognized acts of racism just doesn’t really matter. Sorry it doesn’t. You all are just keyboard warriors who want change, etc but expect someone else to do it for you. Again, this is the least of the countries problems right now.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      So basically, just accept racism and let it happen?

    • Anonymous July 29, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Sorry but this is not the least of our problems. THIS leads to mass incarceration, which sets us apart from the rest of the world. It is our BIGGEST problem.

  • Concrete Brad July 26, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Mark Fuhrman and Sheriff Joe give this officer two thumbs up.

  • Htown July 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Every cop must think that when they pull someone over it’s going to a nice polite conversation. To have the courtesy to get out of the officers way and then pulled over for not signaling…i would have had a frustrated tone too. No one signals in Houston, we all know this. This officer was very unprofessional and obviously not well trained, especially for a state trooper. Embarrassing disgrace to the police department and badge.

  • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    That wrong man she was right he was wrong u ppl is wrong God don’t like ugly man it’s sad

  • Forty Deuce July 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I’m not from Texas and do not know Texas laws. I do however spend quite a bit of time in courtrooms in California and I can tell you that if you are reading this article and forming ideas about how you will interact with the police if you get stopped, it’s a bad idea. This article is not factual and full of legal errors, in all fifty states, not just Texas. It appears the officer acted poorly, no doubt, but he also may have acted legally, which is a major distinction in a court of law even if not in the court of public opinion. The law is a remarkably complex thing and people spend tens of thousands and many years in law school to understand just the basics of it. As the tip of the iceberg, read Pennsylvania vs. Mimms and keep researching from there. Do not make decisions based on Facebook articles.

    http://www.columbuscriminaldefenseattorney.com/2012/03/16/must-you-get-out-of-your-car-during-a-traffic-stop-police-interaction-part-ix/

  • Greg July 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    it appears the officer over reacted but at the same time, bland could have de escalated the situation herself. How things could have been so different if she had complied with the officer then turned and filed a complaint or sued if she so chose. Just because you are right does not mean it is time to exert your rights in a one on one confrontation.

    • Anonymous July 29, 2015 at 6:52 am

      1. How do you know it would have been different? We clearly know what type of personality this officer had.
      2. When exactly do you exert your rights? When you are surrounded 6 on 1? When there are 20 of you (they call that a riot)?

  • Elyse July 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    How is the officer not fired when he didn’t do his job correctly? Can citizens urge to have him removed?

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      He clearly should be dismissed and without payIng don’t understand why he still have a job. not only he violated her rights he can violate someone else,this officer need to be removed and striped from his duty ASAP no question about it and plus he’s a lie I’m outrage this happened and my condolence to the family……

    • Megan July 27, 2015 at 9:36 am

      I surely hope so. I would think that if enough of us wrote into the state that he would be removed.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      He is wrong everyone had rights

  • ThankGod ImOutofTexas July 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    please share the convo the cop had with his sarg trying to figure out what he arrested her for! Big liar!

  • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

    “Just saying ‘Get out of the car,’ in and of itself, without an explanation, is not lawful.”

    The Supreme Court has said otherwise for quite some time (cf. Pennsylvania vs. Mimms case). Frankly, publishing this article is beyond irresponsible. By making the readers believe they have rights that they actually do not possess, you might get them in jail or killed.

    • Kalufiah July 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      If you read it, you will see that in the case you are refering to, he observed something. While it msy be true that she could have had sinething, the trooper still was wrong for trying to cover it up wnd go against what the dash cam showed. Those cams are there for a reason. They are there to show both sides of the perverbial coin, the heads and tails of it if you will. The dash cam clearly spoke for itself in this situation and she is right about de-esculating the situation. His bravado and male ego kicked in, because he wasnt in control like he felt he should be. Now sometimes the oerson beubg stopped can become unruley but in this case you can clearly see th her actions didnt warrent him using his machismo.

    • Laurie July 26, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      The article stated that’s not lawful. Were you trying to say it’s not unlawful. I’m just trying to understand.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Nope. If you review the facts of the Pennsylvania vs. Mimms case, the officers did give a reason as to why Harry Mimms needed to step out of the car.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      You are exactly right….there are several other statements that are not true. An officer can pull you from the vehicle if you refuse. It might be against his policy to do so, but it isn’t against the law. I would also love to see the evidence of any person who has brain damage from a taser. Let’s not make things up to support your argument!

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Clearly you are focusing on the wrong person. The onus is always on the authority figure to always show more restraint.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      You’re off based in your reference to the above mentioned decision. In that particular case the police already had probable cause due to the expired tags. In this case the officer in question already acted outside of his authority by the time he asked her to step out of the car.

  • Aaron Anderson July 26, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Even a blind man can see…he started the whole thing when he got behind her with out of town plates…..he ran them then could have kept on going..he pulled her over for nothing…all she did was try to get out of his way, and forgot to signal …….so he caused the whole incident !

    • Life is worth living July 27, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      I agree

  • Mickey July 26, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Why is it that the police have to have such an Asshole attitude in general? This incident with Sandra Bland is the perfect example of how members of law enforcement routinely misuse their authority and they do it ALL the time! Sandra knew her rights and knew the law but it didn’t matter. The officer was completely out of line. Why is he still working? I would fire him on the spot! And then there’s the race issue. Would he have treated a young white woman this way? Would he even have pulled her over? Doubtful. This story is so sad…. resulting in this poor young woman’s death. She should NEVER have been arrested in the first place! She had so much going for her…. it makes no sense that she would have taken her own life. Will we ever know what really happened to her in that jail cell? I believe that officer should be held accountable and be charged with Accessory to Murder or, at the very least, Manslaughter! Law Enforcement is supposed to Serve and Protect…… Seems they’ve lost sight of that…..

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 1:31 am

      I wonder if he really had been following her for some nefarious reason; my personal opinion is that almost all male troopers have an abundance of testosterone; whether it’s natural or enhanced would be beside the point!
      Testosterone GENERALLY increases rage and steps the “Horniness” or libido up.
      I’m not saying that’s the case here but it kinda fits the mold.

  • Brent D. Metcalfe July 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

    How many more situations like this have to happen for us to WAKE UP and understand that we need to train our Police Force MUCH better than they are now, and REMOVE officers that have questionable behavior. It is unfortunate that someone had to die for us to see what is happening on our streets and highways EVERY DAMN DAY! We shouldn’t give citizens a badge and a gun who obviously misuse their authority and cannot communicate effectively nor problem solve without reaching for their TASER to speak for them. This whole video is DEPLORABLE and needs to be used in Law Enforcement classes to educate potential Troopers on what NOT to do when dealing with the public.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      I agree, better training is one of the issues here. Whenever budgets need to be trimmed it is always traning that gets cut.

  • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

    The officer needed to be drug tested. He is high in something that raises aggression.

  • wow July 26, 2015 at 1:47 am

    What is sad is you guys are still think of this as two separate incidents 1 bogus booking and could that be a bogus phone call to her sister and did she ever go before a judge how did she know her bail I believe the judge could knock down the time frame to what time she reached the prison cause you normal get booked at the station where other cops are sitting at a desk they only give jumpsuit if your clothes are evidence what evidence could possibly be on her clothes this is Texas the state where jfk was killed and tried to cover it up don’t forget the magic bullet smh the south lost get over it cops are not heroes they are civil servants which means they serve the citizens they get paid to do a job not be gods they have a right to up hold the law and he did neither wrongful arrest and was bragging about how he slammed her head and almost broke her and the other officer belongs on a desk job she said yup and she got it wow is a I can say

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Geez, this was hard to read! No punctuation at all. Periods……

  • Sol Trickey July 26, 2015 at 1:10 am

    The behavior of this officer is common place. I have personally witnessed on numerous occasions police behaving in this exact same manner. And I’m not talking Texas, I’m talking small cities and large here in Canada

  • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I think that the officer should be fired and should also be charged. He makes other officers look bad. The problem with a lot of the officers today is that they might be book smart but street stupid.

  • Robert July 25, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    For all those that ask. He made some mistakes. Certainly needs to be retrained, but leave is the proper response to this. As far as people with the comments about him being racial. I saw no ‘proof’ of racism. That is an assumption on your part, and the reason you make that assumption is because you have racial/racism issues of your own. .. If you really want to know why racism is out of hand, it’s because we’re making it out of hand. He made mistakes, but so did she (not worth dying over), However the only person I see intentionally forcing this situation to get out of control was her. .. He did make some mistakes, ok a lot of them, however, he was not intentionally trying to rile her up like she was doing in return.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      I completely agree

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      You are putting the blame on her? After hearing what went down? Seriously?? He was the one who escalated the whole situation… She had a right to be mad he was tailing her and she moved over.. Her only mistake was not signalling and maybe knowing a lot more than him about her basic rights.. Which probably pissed him off and that’s why he got so worked up and roughed her up because he couldn’t handle the fact that she knew his behaviour was uncalled for. And yeah maybe it wasn’t a racial attack, but no matter what your are sorely mistaken if you put any blame towards Sandra.

    • pahdrii July 27, 2015 at 12:59 am

      She answered all of his questions politely and got killed for it. You should see the video with transcripts – then you will see that she did nothing wrong. He wanted to hurt her.
      I will tell you how most of us know that he is clearly racist. For me, half of my family is white, and half is black. Police treat one side of my family very differently than that other side. From life-long, personal experience I know that he was being extremely racist.

      Is it against the law to smoke in your own car? Yes. Did she inquire about this to see if she was legally innocent? Yes. Did she put her cigarette out immediately before she asked him about this? She probably did – but we can’t see this on the camera. Therefore, he started harassing/attacking/threatening her at that point ONLY because she was not talking in a subservient submissive ‘slave’ tone of voice. She is from Chicago, where she is probably accustomed to being treated a little more like an equal to whites. He is from Texas, where he accustomed to Black people treating him like he is their slave master. When She didn’t treat him that way, he broke many laws trying to ‘put her in her place’. When he thought about it after a couple of days, he knew that he might lose in court because of her confidence and because of what he did to her off camera, so he killed her. That is very evident to me and millions of others. Anyone else here agree?

      • pahdrii July 27, 2015 at 1:02 am

        I meant… “Is it against the law to smoke in your own car? No.”

  • Akelley July 25, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I agree 100%

  • Robert July 25, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Well, you’re answers are not necessarily correct for Federal, State or local laws where I live. – I don’t know about Texas. But the rest of the laws state (I used to know the exact wording), that you have to obey a police officer when he is actively doing law enforcement. … Personally I think both are guilty. She has the right to be informed. When she asked, he should have informed her. She on the other hand, intentionally provoked him. – The problem is that all the little things have been blown out of proportion. Both sides are worked up, and need to calm down. He did make some mistakes in procedure and that should be dealt with. She should have shown him respect at the scene, and brought it up through procedure. – I didn’t see anything to ‘prove’ this was based on race.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Key word, respect. Neither one of them was showing any respect for the other person from the start.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      What did she do wrong?? He kept picking at her. He should be fired for abusing his power!!

  • cindy conton July 25, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I think he’s a racist and he caused her death and they’re trying to cover it up now

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    No sweet heart he questions she answer it is clear that the officer started the altercation what videos were watching where you clearly couldn’t see this happen do you wear glasses or do you need an eye examination to get some glasses. What is wrong with you who people who always want blame the
    victim. If you were the victim would you blame yourself? Think about it?

  • Karen July 25, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    It does not make sense to lose a life over a traffic ticket

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    This is the biggest load of crap I’ve read in a while. The cigarette could have posed a distracting threat to the officer, and why was it a big deal to begin with? I wouldn’t want some idiot throwing a lit cigarette at me while I was working, would you? As far as getting out of the car, yes, he can order her out of the car to compete his investigation. If she was already being difficult about a cigarette, what else was going on? As far as her refusing to comply with either, she’s already obstructing his investigation, which IS an arrestable offense. And no, you don’t have the right to obstruct the investigation further to record the incident with your cell phone.
    This is the most “entitled” article I’ve read lately and it’s a good indicator of why everybody armchair quarterbacks these types of situations. How about having a little respect for everybody involved and the entire situation would have gone markedly different.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Excellent synopsis of the whole situation

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      The officer should be jailed or at least firex. Your Rvuements Re not valid

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 2:39 am

      Wow, either you’re in law enforcement or your blind. He gave no cause for her to put out the cigarette, he gave no cause for her to get out of the car or to remove her from the car. The officers “investigation” was already complete when he got back to the car to give her the “warning”. What the heck is a “distracting threat”? What’s a smoker do when they are agitated? They light up a smoke to help relax them. Can you do this inside of your property? Hell yes. Can police just order you to do something without a reason? No. This is the United States of America not North Korea. We don’t live in a police state where police can do whatever they want because they think they have the authority.

  • Girl July 25, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Texas men for the most part are charming they always hold the door and will even step out of line to take their place. Dont judge texas as a place that does not care for women’s rights:

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      ALWAYS?

    • pahdrii July 27, 2015 at 12:45 am

      White texas men do not open the door for Black Women. Texas is mostly known for being the last state to outlaw slavery. That is Texas.

    • Blondest July 27, 2015 at 3:57 am

      +Are you effin’ kidding me??!!?? TX respects women’s rights?? Like hell they do! That is why your right to a safe legal abortion has been so restricted . Because the respect your rights so much??!? You must be white and republican! I think Sandra Bland was one incredibly brave black woman to be willing to be in TX. My son is stationed in TX and I will not go to TX to visit him. Too damn risky!

  • Girl July 25, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    After watching the video she seemed hostel a cigarette could be used as a weapon,he could have tried to calm her down but I think he feared for his safety

    • Alexa July 28, 2015 at 12:26 am

      Really? She seemed hostel?! No! She seem agitated. Big difference Girl. And even if she was hostel, it was that officers job to calm her down, and if he couldn’t, let another officer calmer down. Instead he escalated what was happening because he wanted to be in control, or shall I say, control her. Maybe you need to re-watch the video.

      • Alexa July 28, 2015 at 12:28 am

        And fearing for his safety…….. For what? Because of a cigarette? You have to be kidding me!

  • robert July 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    That trooper idiot should never be a cop. Use authorities, right or wrong, any time he wants. Must be kick out and punished accordingly. I am sure he is part of the death after arrest for taking revenge.

  • The officer was not lawful at all the way happen to license n registration insurance July 25, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    He killed her

  • The officer was not lawful at all the way happen to license n registration insurance July 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    he had something to do wit her death Sandra Bland rip?

  • max July 25, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    She was totally in the wrong.when basically you get pulled over you answer the officers questions,you get your ticket and be on your way.you don’t have to be a smartass to the police officer.let them do there job.everything will be ok.I’m saddened that this turned out this way.I hope we learns something from this.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Your right. Because of her attitude, it totally gives the OFFICER OF THE LAW the right to disregard professional behavior and policy.

  • Chanda July 25, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    This is NOT a racial thing! I’m a white woman and I’ve been tailed numerous times. The officers do this to make you nervous. When you’re nervous you errors which gives them the right to pull you over and ticket you. I think this kind of provoking should be illegal but cops do this time and time again to meet their quotas. The fact that there are quotas at all only promotes officers acting like this. I wish police officers would focus on real crime fighting but arresting true criminals doesn’t make cities the money they make off traffic violations.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Agreed

  • David Hughes July 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Terrible

  • David Hughes July 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Being from the UK, i can honestly witnessed anything like that in the UK.
    What to do with this guy?
    He knew he was being recorded!
    So he took her out of the camera’s perameter of view!
    Women driving by themselves should be able to feel safe!
    Are Texans going to stand up an demonstrate?

    Summary
    So we have seen another level of Police Violence as with Melissa Calusinski.

  • Harry July 25, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Not happy with officer’s tactics later in the incident – but you all should know that he suggested Ms. Bland put out her cigarette because that is an officer safety issue. Serious situations have happened because a person has flicked a burning cigarette at an officer. An officer making a stop has no idea if the detainee is a dangerous person or not. Ms. Bland’s refusal to put out the cigarette signaled a potentially uncooperative person who could potentially become dangerous. However, at this point the officer began to badly handle the situation.

  • Freeman July 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    As a former Policeman, Jim Harrington point by point explaination is correct. We had policemen just like this Officer, who approach minorities with a hateful attitude. The way the department stopped officers from using th N-word, the Chief said anyone use the N-word would be fired. We never heard it again. All department know who the good officers and bad officers are. However, IMO, Congress, TV, talk radio and hate groups are sending the wrong message to racist in America.

  • Chris July 25, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I agree.

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Why is he still on administrative duty???

  • lesley c j reeves July 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    i am british and watch programmes like ‘cops reloaded’ and i have heard the words of police officers say ‘get out of your car’ ‘etc etc’ and they comply!!! …. no matter what american (police) programme i watch i am always saying ‘thats not right’ even with being filmed!!!! ???? i find american states all have their own laws but i am disgusted at the way so many ways the officers are obviously truly over reaching their ‘power’ and its at 85% of coloured skin than white!!!!! rest in peace sandra x

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    A Texas good old boy with a badge harasses and assaults a black woman who is found dead in her cell three days later all over failing to use her turn signal. She was either murdered or physically and mentally abused to the point where she took her own life. Either way she received a death sentence for driving while black and being uppity when confronted by a racist POS Texas cop.

  • John Stud July 25, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    This article is completely incorrect. Despite what it says, the officer does have the right to breath clean air. He does not have to be forced to breath in smoke while doing his job. Yes, the cigarette is what caused this whole problem. No, he does not need to state the reason for telling her to get out right then and there, when the reason is obvious. He was not even giving her a ticket. He was being nice and giving her a warning when he could have given her a ticket. He was trying to explain to her why she got a warnig and what to do next time, so this doesn’t happen again. this officer showed great restraint. Watch the video and count: he asked her 3 times to put the cig out, then asked nicely 5 times to get out of the car before he started yelling to gt out, then he yelled 5 or more times to get out of the car before he made a threat and got physical. That’s over 13 chances she had to comply. This cop was very nice for the longest time while she is acting very cowardly.

  • Dwight July 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Is it any wonder why the public does not trust and respect law enforcement? As a Deputy in Arkansas I found this to be beyond words. Where is the Gov of Texas? He should have fired the bully officer. President Obama should have the Dept of Justice look at this as a hate crime. Nothing this innocent lady did justifies even the stop. I see this as racism. Review his history I bet this is the first person he has ever pulled over for changing lanes without using a blinker. No he got pissed and saw a black female and he did what tyrants do. So sorry for this innocent lady. My heart goes out to the family and I hope you win millions. Tyrants must be stopped and if Texas hires them then Texas should pay our millions because of it.

  • J July 25, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I think she’s dead because she was clear about taking them to court over her treatment. The cop lied about the incident to his supervisor. He knew he was in the wrong and tried covering his ass. I suspect once they realized who she was – an activist against the very thing they had just made her a victim of – all they could think about was Ferguson and covering it up. I do believe someone killed her and staged it as a suicide.

  • Tariq Bashir July 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    This is appalling and a complete disrespect of her wrights! Why is he on desk duty and not suspended without pay? He clearly doesn’t know the law as a police officer! He violated her rights 10 different ways, ultimately leading to a false arrest and leading to her death! The video footage shows this so why is he on desk duty! He should be charged!!!!!

  • Terri July 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I think this officer is profiling. I think he got a kick out of it and just wanted to get his jollies off. I have seen the video. I think he beat her up on the sidewalk and I do believe she was murdered in the jail cell. I have been a correctional officer and there would never be a trash bag in a jail cell. I think they murdered her to shut her up. Period. We need to take it back from those that don’t believe that we are all the same. We are a melting pot and get those who do not believe in equality out of here.

  • Geoffrey D. Rockwell July 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    One could not say with any certainty that race had anything at all to do with this situation. However what is obvious is the low level of professioalism that the officer used in dealing with this individual. I can easily see how every opportunity that the officer had to respectfully deal with the individual was callously and carelessly “tossed out the window” The officers ego and pridefullness totally ran the show and completely conjured up the hostilities which ensued…

  • Cortez July 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Respect can go along way on both sides and both side are human and both could have acted better calmly. I’ve had my days as a young person and gave some attitude to the cops

  • cb July 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    the police officer doesn’t have to tell you why he is asking you to get out of the car. you do not have the right to refuse that order. it is a lawful order, Pennsylvania v. Mimms

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I’m wondering if the officer believed that she was a male before he even pulled her over due to her short hair and was looking for a fight from the start.

  • Danyale sims July 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I think Nobody no what happened in her jail cell I also think that how can some one hang there self what a plastic bag that don’t make no sense how did she get the plastic bag somebody had to give it to her I know Sandra Bland did not want to kill her self she was planning to get out and when she got arrested that police had no Rights to put his hands on her but like I said we don’t know what happen in that jail cell and we need to find out more Rip Sandra Bland

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

    your a liberal!

  • Roscoe July 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

    It’s been messed up all along. More and more officials are being busted for violating peoples rights and murder since almost everyone has a cell phone with camera/video. I am just trying ro determine when did police feel like they have the right to be judge, jury and executioner on the spot. Is it because law enforcement “take care of there own?” Or is it because society doesn’t really step up and speak out until it happens to them directly. It appears that almost anyone can become part of the law enforcement now a days. They must have really lowered the bar for ignorant officers to pull these kind of stunts in front of their own video camera. However he did take her out of view of the camera when he cuffed her. She was smart enough to describe what was happening to her with the audio. I don’t believe that she killed herself and I have lost faith in the LAW investigating the LAW from the outcome recent events. They tell us what we are seeing on camera is not the whole story, don’t believe your eyes. How long do they think they can keep the public hoodwinked? I only fear that it will come a breaking point where there will be NO RESPECT for the law. God help us then. MLK is rolling over in his grave. RIP. The struggle is as serious now as it was then. All states across the nation have this problem. I was born and raised in Texas and I am ashamed of the way the LAW conduct themselves here. But like I said it is everywhere. You can know your rights and unfortunately end up “dead right”. I’m afraid it’s not justice anymore, it’s ” just us”.
    For the few good officials out there, have the courage to stand up and do what’s right, even if that’s “your brother” you are sworn in with….you know what I mean. God help us.

    • Roscoe July 25, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Sorry , comment posted before I could proof it, …”Take care of their own”…..”to determine”..

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

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  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I think the Officer was in the wrong,Mrs. Bland is dead because of him,it did not take all if that she did what she suppose to do she move over in the lane because she was letting him by
    Lord rest her Soul.

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I think I am so tired of hearing this race card pulled whenever someone can’t pin point the actual truth. Do black people think that they are the only ones that are disrespected by the cops? Open your eyes! However the media are the ones that are so biased and continue to throw fuel on the fire to provoke the racial tensions even worse. All colors of citizens are affected, but some people do know when to keep their mouths shut and not provoke the situation. When will people learn that you cannot win against a cop or a corrupt system.

  • Todd Allen Oetken July 25, 2015 at 8:52 am

    This cop is a disgrace to law enforcement, our educated nation, and the human race.

  • Cindy Bishop July 25, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I also had a State Trooper threaten me and threaten to arrest my 72 year old Mother because she asked for his badge number when I told him there was not a speed limit sign from the turn I made near Quero, Tx. I deescalated the situation and took the ticket. I called for an internal investigation by his supervisor later the next day. The supervisor clearly stated that the officer was out of line and the ticket was purged. In 2006, the ticket that was supposed to be purged had been upgraded to an outstanding warrant. I still had to pay the ticket. Outrageous overstepping of authority.

  • Elaine July 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I came across the “Texas Standard” while searching for more details on the Sandra Blanding case. I commend Rhonda Fanning for her excellent reporting of details on this case which even the New York Times did not discuss. Keep up the good work. We need to know all the possible facts about this tragedy.

  • Malcolm July 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

    A judge on CNN said everything he did was legal in Texas.

  • Shawn Marie Lacey July 25, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I seen the video. I am not surprised it has been taken down. I believe this is murder. But once again, nothing will come of this. Black’s and Whites will still be decided. This poor girl will be forgotten because it happened in a jail.

  • Admom July 25, 2015 at 7:42 am

    How did she look irritated? She didn’t raise her voice at him. He provoked the whole thing saying she was irritated. Why he say that what was she doing yo look irritated. Did she not look at him did she roll her eyes what the heck did she do. As far as I can see he was taking her and she changed lanes to let him by. He seen a black person driving and out of state plates. Happened to me in Florida the cop circled around and got behind me because I have Maryland plates and we have a front tag. He followed me on a dark street on my way to work. Then he decides to pull me over for the license plate was out.really it was not had a short I slammed the truck came back on. Anyway I just told him I can’t see that how would I know. He just left. But I was in Florida 18 months got pulled over 4 times and 1 time in a boat with friends because we were black. Because black people cant have a boat in Florida. Really the south is ridiculous. I came back east never living south of Washington, D.C. Ever again. Hate the south the funny thing is never got pulled over up here in the 30 years I was driving. So I understand what happened driving while black with out of state plates.

  • Ken July 25, 2015 at 6:33 am

    A… good morning, officer… oh! I DID change lanes w/o signaling…. SORRY…
    … might have gone a LONG way…

  • kat July 25, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Abiet petty pulling her over for failing to signal is a reason. Sometimes petty reasons are a good thing. In this case both had a chip on their shoulder and the results were horrific.

  • Kim July 25, 2015 at 6:14 am

    The state of black america sadden me! We as a people are views as disposable race. We are truly going backwards!

    • Ellen W July 28, 2015 at 4:15 am

      No, Kim, black Americans are not a disposable race. There are many people, myself (white, conservative, southern) included, who are listening. It isn’t always easy, there are things that I do not see the same way and others that I do not agree with. As I read articles on racism I do my best to set those aside and just listen. Early on in reading articles and watching videos ( I have seen several of Sandra Bland’s) I read a statement by another white woman, she said, “I have never been hated because of the color of my skin”. This is very profound and I repeat it to myself when I get uncomfortable with what I am hearing or when I don’t understand. I understand that it must frightening and disheartening to learn of so many acts against people of color. Are we really moving backward or is it that new technology has made it possible for these incidents to be recorded and judged, and also that they are being highlighted by the media? As hard as it must to know they are happening all over the country and everyday, I believe the awareness can be a means to bring about change. Everyday more people are asking questions: “How does a traffic stop end in death?”, “why are people of color stopped more often?”, “why is there a disproportionate number of minorities in prison and with harsher sentences?”. We do not have to agree on everything to face racism together. I say all of this in the hope of encouraging you to not lose heart. I believe that as dark as things seem at the moment and knowing that it may very well get worse, it will get better. This is no longer a hidden issue.

  • H Edwards July 25, 2015 at 5:57 am

    As a Brit I find this shocked me to the core. The poor poor lady, how was she to know she was facing a bullying abuser without any self control. One bad cop would be bad enough, but now the cover up shows worse. I respect and trust your FBI to get to the truth. May the guilty pay and Sandy’s family eventually reach justice and peace. R.I.P. Sandra Bland.

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:41 am

    He don’t deserved to be in law enforcement. People need to unite and get him off the force.

  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:31 am

    I think the family should file a wrongful death lawsuit on the police department because if their supposedly highly trained law enforcement officer was doing his job correctly this would have never happened and Sandra Bland would still be here today. She didn’t break the law, he did!

  • Melvin July 25, 2015 at 2:52 am

    That their Officer, make All Law enforcement look Bad, instead of it getting better, it’s getting Worse Around the world Amen, if this keeps up their Will be a Revolution right here in the United States of America, then other Countries would become and look like Iraq and Afghanistan, bombing this Nation and the Almighty Americans in the White House would Loose It’s Power Amen, Why don’t People do right and expect them the Police, they are just as bad as the Killers out their Killing and the Police with One Person that has Rights get beat up and go to jail and also died in there too, All I can say is HELP JESUS HELP Amen enough said Amen !!!

  • Chris July 25, 2015 at 12:22 am

    The cop was wrong.I dont think race was the issue.If she would have just put out the cigarette this would have ended differently

  • Bolden James July 25, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I’m sorry, J Sipe, but blaming the victims is a bit like defending the cops. How can you just gloss over the cops behavior and jump to the victim’s lack of respect. It bothered her that she had stopped her for such a minor infraction. When he noted she seemed irritated she explained why – no raised voice, no cursing. Perhaps he was expecting an apology for her attitude. But an adult has every right to express themselves as she did. And I don’t think it was at all disrespectful. The first disrespectful thing was the cops retort, “Are you done.” It was condescending and rude. So it is not surprising that she then said ‘No’ to his request that she put out her cigarette. It was her right and perfectly understandable that she would refuse such a request. Then the escalation of demanding that she get out of the car was totally out of line. He said nothing during the encounter to suggest that he thought she was a threat. He tells her she is under arrest and actually threatened her with “I’m gonna yank you out” and I’m gonna light you up” (as he points his Taser at her), at which point, she exits the car. There is no reply to her questions, “Why I am under arrest”, “Why am I being apprehended”. Indeed, this is quite perplexing. Certainly she is not being arrested for the minor traffic violation. He later reportedly said he charged her with assaulting him (“flailing her elbows and kicking” while he was putting on the handcuffs. None of that is on tape. Besides, that can’t really explain the arrest. The arrest should be the reason for the hand cuffs. Or was he psychic. “I better arrest her ’cause she’s about to assault me.” There is no reason he couldn’t have deescalated the situation by just telling her to remember to “use signals when changing lanes – no matter what the reason”. Or if he really felt like she needed a ticket, write it and say “Have a nice.” A ticket followed by “Have a nice day!” is punishment a-plenty. It is true that he is human. But any professional policeman is trained for these types of incidents. And they are expected to deescalate tension when possible. If you lack the ability or temperament to follow the protocols for deescalating, you shouldn’t be placed in situations that mat require that degree of self-control. I may be missing something, but all I see is escalation on his part.

  • T. Henderson July 24, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    All of this just makes me remember the movie, #FRUITVALESTATION Wake up people….this has been happening for decades. But what’s in the dark, will come to light. And now that it hits the fan, pretty soon America will be in civil war. Land of the free huh? For whom?

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Are you serious

  • Omar July 24, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Texas is one of the most racist states ever, and the people who defend the police are only racist, cause non of them are defending the NYPD veteran Harol Thomas who was assaulted with his son by NYPD cops because” he fit the description of a suspect”, ¿Where are the defenders of the cops now?

  • Joshua Shaw July 24, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I think the office escalated the situation. This officer’s behavior is not uncommon. His behavior adds to my distrust and fear of being mistreated by the police. How would he have treated a male member of society. I find this very disheartening.

  • Meshia July 24, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    My heart is so heavy for Sandy Bland, justices we’ll be served?

  • Russell Hansen July 24, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    The only traffic violation you can not be arrested for is speeding. If she was stopped for any other traffic offense then you can be detained and subsequently charged with the traffic offense. If the officer decided to not issue a citation for offense and instead detain and arrest of coarse he has probable cause to remove her from the vehicle.

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    In other words, everyone needs to stop assuming that the cigarette is what escalated the situation.
    “Are you done?”
    Is when it escalated.

    • Myra J July 24, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      So true! This quickly escalated because the officer lost control.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Never once did I hear the officer read her her rights if she was being under arrest for anything

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 3:04 am

      Facebook now has a video of Sandra bland getting beat up and choked by an officers knee until she blacks out. I live in Charleston sc. If this don’t stop soon the next countries to war will be america vs amerikkka we are humans.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Saying ‘are you done’ is a justifiable reason for what he did? Are you serious?

    • Nathalie July 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      I will tell it like it is I’m so so so shouck about what happen to this young lady, not only for her but for the people’s too. This world is about to end soon. Because so much that is going on in this world. Is no use of this killing one another time for history unit, we now need to come as one to take action based upon black Africans American use. By the way I see is that the young lady tell him no I’m not going to put my cigarette out, and it seem that sence she did not put out . He now want to play big man, but there’s no need of that there’s no use of that. Smh I now that is not my situation in other word’s I’m not going to be assuming “what happen to the young lady Sandra R.I.P is Justis” To her Families may the God bless y’all always. Amen

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Yes the Texas DPS officers are racist. I was pulled over by a Hispanic cop. I wasn’t speeding. He came from behind a car in the slow lane. I’m white my wife is Hispanic. He made me exit my truck in heavy traffic. Then illegally searched my wife her purse my truck. Then he arrested me. I could tell he didn’t like me or my wife. It was dropped out of court. But I sat in jail for 14 hrs. For no reason.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      I do believe the supreme Court rulings say if an officer ask you out of the car you must. If he ask for your I’d you must comply. Get out lock your car. Use your rights. Remain silent. Ask Am I being detained, if he says no, reply am I free to go. If he is going to frisk you, Say i Do not consent to any searching . If he gets loud, . Ask for a supervisor. But keep your mouth shut. Because once again the supreme Court said the police can lie to you. And not be held accountable for it. I realize this cop was in the wrong!! But if she would have complied. She could have filled a complaint. Now he is on vacation for doing this. It’s like all of government. From Obama all the way down to cops. There not held accountable for there illegal actions.
      God be with you Sandra

    • Kelsey Oxenbrigg July 25, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Police officers are supposed to be trained individuals able to handle all kinds of individuals with all kinds of responses. His status as an officer doesn’t mean he has the right to mistreat individuals without question. It means that he is trained to handle all kinds of situations regardless of the diversity of each situation. The officer misconduct was out of control. He used excessive force and while bragging about his ability to use his power. I don’t understand why all of this brutality always surrounds white officers and people of color and not black officers with white civilians. Why aren’t we hiring more people of color?

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    TL:DR
    “Are you done?”

    Don’t ask the question if you don’t want to hear the answer.
    “Are you done?”
    Was his way of showing her that she was a lesser human being in this world and proves his intent.

  • Sue Sandlin-Plaehn July 24, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I think I will not drive anywhere in Texas, it consists of an out of control society of lawless law enforcement . In my opinion,Texas has never appeared to be respectful of women and their rights. It is not a place I would want to visit.

    • Dennis July 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      I was raised by a great woman. That woman taught me how to treat a woman. What does one who has never been to Texas know about how we treat women? Our law enforcement? Honestly, Texas is the best state I’ve seen. I love this state. I’ve lived in or traveled 36 states and none come close to all you find here. Your opinion is based on biased stereotypical hear say.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Aw we really are hurt

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      That’s an ignorant generalization.

    • Denise July 25, 2015 at 6:06 am

      I lived there for 11 yrs and was puller over several times. I was arrested once. As long as your polite it’s over fast. I encountered very nice officers and some typical hard stone faced ones too. In this state you respect the law period.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Sue – as a person who has lived in Texas for over 30 years, I can tell you that your statements about the people and law enforcement are not accurate. I appeal to your logic and reason to not pass judgment and stereo type a society as a whole based on the incident caused by ONE overzealous dumb ass with an ego trip. Doing so, only perpetuates this kind of behavior and makes us no different than him. After all, his attitude and behavior most likely stem from some idiotic stereotype.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      I have to agree with you

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Well, good. We don’t want you here either.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Not all of Texas is like that at all.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Well, now that was just dumb.
      you cant generalize a whole state because a specific county had a cop on a power trip…

    • Texas Proud July 26, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Good! We’re ok with that! Don’t break the law.. End of story!

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      I agree. Me either

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Ok everybody. Listen up.
    This situation started when he asked her why she was irritated.
    When she answered him.
    He responded with “Are you done?”

    From that moment on. That cop did not deserve her respect.
    So when he asked her to put out the cigarrette. I’m going to take her side, that she was justified in saying no.

    Because he showed the disrespect first with his “Are you done?” comment

    That is the type of comment I expect from a forum troll. Not a public servant asking me a question that I just answered.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Agree

  • Cheryl July 24, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I find this appalling. Not only did the officer pull her over for no reason,he created the violation for which she is being charged, failing to signal. Clearly she was nervous to have a police car tailing her and tried to get out of his way. I wonder if Ms. bland had been a white male, if sheer car would even have been stopped. He is an arrogant bulky who seems to embody the sentiment of Texas being tough on crime, but really they just pick on on people they fear are inferior and then are shocked when they are proven to not know they are the ignorant racist mysogonist law enforcement police state. The whole department needs to be investigated.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Total agreement here from a white female who has driven as quickly as possible through Texass.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 7:51 am

      White male or female would have been treated differently. Drive through Texas safely and will all your business in order because African Americans ARE profiled and the women are treated horribly here by not only troopers but police officers. Profiling on race, car…there are cities that officers sit at the entrance of with license plate scanners.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 10:33 am

      I don’t know if it’s been discussed but it appeared to me she ran a stop sign before failing to signal the lane change. Also, he wasn’t tailing her… Had just come up behind her when she moved over.

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 10:38 am

        My comment is not intended to take away from the trooper’s misconduct. He was clearly wrong in allowing it to escalate and this helpful article shows how wrong he was. At the same time I wonder if she was in a disturbed agitated mental state of some sort.

        • Anonymous July 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

          Go look at the video again. How did you ascertain that she ran the stop sign? If she stopped properly, which I am assuming that she did. She would have been behind the white lines. You know the white pedestrian crossing lines. I think you are assuming that she ran the stop sign, because she was moving fairly fast as she made the turn. Which would be highly likely, since she must have stopped behind the white lines and therefore had adequate distance to pick up speed before making the turn.

    • Texas Proud July 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Become a police officer, then tell us what you think! The female officer in this video is black and also telling her to stop resisting and also verifying she can see where the Trooper was kicked. Guess there goes your racist theory!

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      He stopped a previous car and was very polite and that driver was speeding..She drove away with a warning..

  • sharron wilson July 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I can’t.

  • sharron wilson July 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    When I saw this it sent chills up my back because it had recently happed to me in Tenn but in a different situation. And when I tell u god saved me believe it. It is a shame that we still have to dill with this now today. I was born and raised down south in the 50thes and 60thes and we had to deal with the KKK, then I moved away in the 70thes. Thinking I had left all that rasesim be hind….how foolish of me. Not looking at the fact that the white had become the blue. To Sandra and her family……. I hope u can get justice so she can RIP. It never should have never happen.
    .

    • Ann July 25, 2015 at 7:46 am

      In this particular case I can’t tell if race played a roll. The arrogant little boy in a man’s uniform becoming butt hurt when he saw she wasn’t afraid of him is definitely the focus

    • Jacoba July 26, 2015 at 9:42 am

      I am so sorry that you have had to deal with this in your life. I haven’t the words to describe the disgust I feel for the treatment of Sandra, you and our sisters and brothers of African decent. I can only do what I can in my personal life and I know that isn’t enough but know you are loved and valued.

  • Banks July 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I think,the officers that proceeded him ,should be taken off the streets aswell,she immediately took the other officers side without question

    • stephonia7 July 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Yes I do also

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

      You are so right. I thought the same thing.

    • Akelley July 25, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      I agree 100%

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Banks I truly agree and she should feel real dumb now that this has happened and guess what? She was black, I wonder how well she is sleeping at night?

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Most definitely! I totally agree with you

  • Joan Hepsworth July 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    If this man was able to do his job. Which he clearly cannot. Sandra Bland would be alive today.

    • Laura Horton July 25, 2015 at 6:08 am

      No. She would be alive today if she had been bailed out. She, family, or friends could have done it with $500, a bondsman. It can be done over the phone with a credit/ debit card.
      The situation shouldn’t have gotten to that point but had someone had the sense to post bond she would be free and suing the police force now.
      Just one night in jail would make me suicidal. Three days? I’d go insane.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 11:11 am

      He obviously was not doing his job

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      He was able to do his job, he choose not to do his job by the book, instead he wanted to be a bully. But in the process he got put in his place by Ms. Bland when ask her the first couple of questions, which she answered with a little education of the law, he found thatas an insult to him and his uniform coming from a out of town black woman. He might have been mad about that stupid flag he had to take down in his yard and car… Just saying.

    • Teddy July 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Wow.. You are absolutely right he never done his job, from tailing her to killing her..

    • Texas Proud July 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      He didn’t kill her, or put the marijuana in her system! She did that herself

  • Respect July 24, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    He may not have followed the letter of the law or some procedures, but her reaction to his requests was deplorable. She showed complete disrespect for law enforcement. She was arrogant & noncompliant during the entire situation. Being respectful & compliant will always lessen the stress & tension of the situation.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      There have been many instances where civilians have been rude! First of all he had already written the ticket or warning all he had to do was give it to her why was he asking her questions if she was okay. Clearly he could see she was upset. Whatever she chose to do in her car is her business as long as it wasn’t anything illegal. We have a police officer here who wanted to display authority and wanted her to be afraid of him.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      I think that she is not being paid, nor had she been trained, to de-escalate the situation – HE WAS! He clearly created the tension and it was his JOB to bring the tension level back down. Don’t ask a stupid question like “why are you irratated?” Everyone is irratated when stopped by the police, especially for something like failure to signlal, when AS SHE STATES she only did because she was trying to get out of his way. Failure to “show proper respect” is NOT a crime!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      By virtue of his behavior he clearly displayed that he was NOT entitled to the respect of his office or uniform. He displayed a thorough ignorance of training and was completely confrontational in his actions. If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that he had just had another argument with someone and was hell-bent on taking it out on someone. There WAS and IS no defense for his attitude or conduct.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Clearly you dont know the law she can say she’s irradiated hell he asked. Why don’t she deserve her Constitutional rights

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      And you must be white. He he could not handle disrespect then he shouldn’t have became a police officer.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Bow your head to a law breaker?

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      And the cop show ed deplorable judgement in tailing her, then pulling her over for failing to signal, then escalating this ridiculous situation to an arrest. I think we should be able to expect more professionalism from a Trooper, he needs to be fired. But the real question is what happened in jail? Murder?

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      REALLY! So she deserved to DIE!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      She was within her rights. She does not have to put out her cigarette or get out off the car for a traffic ticket unless he has reasonable doubt, which he clearly didn’t. If you went to Prairie view (which I did) you would know this has everything to do with race. I have gotten pulled over by Waller police numerous times and they don’t care about anyone’s we’ll being there. Sandra bland did absolutely nothing wrong. .

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Whatever she did or didn’t do, does not justify the unnecessary physical abuse. These police officers are out of control!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      She knew her rights..she did not have to put out her cigarette in HER car, and did not have to get out without a reason…her reaction was correct, he was the one being disrespectful….learning the law is something we should all do

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 12:03 am

      Telling a person to “respect” the police to avoid being killed is the same as telling a woman not to dress provocatively to avoid being raped. That logic is bullshit. The officer was in the wrong. Period.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 1:26 am

      I understand what you are saying but as an officer of the law it is a part of his job not to allow his own emotions to cloud his judgement. Regardless of what was said or done if no laws were broken he should have been able to maintain a professional disposition, given her the citation and moved on.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 2:13 am

      Are we really holding everyday citizens to the same standards as law enforcers of our society? He has one job: to enforce justice.. It should matter if she’s being difficult.. That’s his job..

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 2:14 am

      Are we really holding everyday citizens to the same standards as law enforcers of our society? He has one job: to enforce justice.. It shouldn’t matter if she’s being difficult.. That’s his job..

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 3:09 am

      But the fact is she had no buisness being bothered in the first place.. now you can only hear his side because she’s dead. Hmmmmm wonder why

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 3:24 am

      And none of what you speak is breaking the law! You don’t go to jail for distespect! If he wanted the distespect to stop all he had to do is hand her the tkt snd move on.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:24 am

      her defense of her rights were deplorable? That statement is idiotic.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:38 am

      You must be a cop. All her civil rights were violated. He didn’t deserve any respect.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 5:38 am

      And any deviation to excercise your rights as a citizen is deplorable? Riggghhhttt…

    • Angela July 25, 2015 at 5:58 am

      Are you serious? He pulled her over because she got out of his way because he was tailing her. What requestes did he make? Are you irritated? Put out your cigarette? Get out of the car? You obviously don’t know YOUR rights & feel that the law can walk all over you. They can with you if you so choose. But WE ALL have rights! If you ask me a question, don’t get mad because I honestly answer it! Especially when it’s an irrelevant question!!!! Me being irritated is none of your business. Just give me my ticket & let me be on my way…ALIVE!!!! But like it’s stated, authorities HATE IT when you’re educated. It makes their job easier when they deal with an ignorant person that doesn’t know their rights.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Amen

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 6:35 am

      You mean she knew the limits of his power under the law and requested to know why she was being pulled over\detained.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Complete BS. Don’t blame the victim.

      We are talking about a law enforcement officer. The citizen doesn’t owe respect. The officer does they are held to a higher standard. They work for us. We let them carry guns and arrest people.

      Seriously, this is their job.

      Don’t talk about how the victim caused this issue. She didn’t.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 7:37 am

      She was within her rights. He asked a question, he got an answer. It was not what he wanted to hear,

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 8:10 am

      I think you show disrespect for law enforcement when you hold them and their behavior to the same standard as an everyday citizen.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Sorry but you are wrong. I have been in a car as a teen with a family friend polite respectful and kind and yet they were treated like a damn dog. Kissing ass does not get you what you’re thinking it will he was hoping to make it a very quick in and out. Didn’t happen that way. It made me distrustful of the people that I am supposed to feel that I can trust it showed me another side of law enforcement that I had not seen before. After that I no longer wanted to be a law enforcement officer. It does not matter what your attitude is if the person is professional handle their job it doesn’t matter what the other person is saying or doing unless they’re trying to hurt you physically. Stop trying to uphold this person in their wrong. For me it’s not about race it’s about RIGHT and WRONG on the part of the professional who should have known what to to calm down the situation. Get out of your feelings on the fact that she didn’t kiss his ass and bow down. It wasn’t about that, it was about him over doing anything that made the situation worse he had no right to ask her to put out her cigarette, he had no right to pull her out of that car, he never told her she was under arrest, nor stated why. He was just dead ass wrong and now she is just dead.

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 8:59 am

        I am Shante’ Nicole

    • Shante'Nicole July 25, 2015 at 9:12 am

      tion that the state apparently entrusts with its troopers. Should officers have that much discretion?
      “He clearly exceeded that. … The discretion here is, how do you de-escalate the situation? He could have just given her the ticket and walked away. Just like that. But he had to go through this confrontation. Of course, there are questions of race that come up here. And the fact that this is an out-of-state car moving through the town – and we know in Texas that’s a pretty typical profiling event. What bothers me a lot is that troopers are supposed to be the best-trained police officers we have in the state. This guy is clearly out of control – clearly shouldn’t be out on the streets dealing with people – [given] this level of escalation that he provokes.”
      TELL IT LIKE IT IS
      Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm
      In other words, everyone needs to stop assuming that the cigarette is what escalated the situation.
      “Are you done?”
      Is when it escalated.
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      Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm
      TL:DR
      “Are you done?”
      Don’t ask the question if you don’t want to hear the answer.
      “Are you done?”
      Was his way of showing her that she was a lesser human being in this world and proves his intent.
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      Sue Sandlin-Plaehn July 24, 2015 at 8:56 pm
      I think I will not drive anywhere in Texas, it consists of an out of control society of lawless law enforcement . In my opinion,Texas has never appeared to be respectful of women and their rights. It is not a place I would want to visit.
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      Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm
      Ok everybody. Listen up.
      This situation started when he asked her why she was irritated.
      When she answered him.
      He responded with “Are you done?”
      From that moment on. That cop did not deserve her respect.
      So when he asked her to put out the cigarrette. I’m going to take her side, that she was justified in saying no.
      Because he showed the disrespect first with his “Are you done?” comment
      That is the type of comment I expect from a forum troll. Not a public servant asking me a question that I just answered.
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      Cheryl July 24, 2015 at 8:46 pm
      I find this appalling. Not only did the officer pull her over for no reason,he created the violation for which she is being charged, failing to signal. Clearly she was nervous to have a police car tailing her and tried to get out of his way. I wonder if Ms. bland had been a white male, if sheer car would even have been stopped. He is an arrogant bulky who seems to embody the sentiment of Texas being tough on crime, but really they just pick on on people they fear are inferior and then are shocked when they are proven to not know they are the ignorant racist mysogonist law enforcement police state. The whole department needs to be investigated.
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      sharron wilson July 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm
      I can’t.
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      sharron wilson July 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm
      When I saw this it sent chills up my back because it had recently happed to me in Tenn but in a different situation. And when I tell u god saved me believe it. It is a shame that we still have to dill with this now today. I was born and raised down south in the 50thes and 60thes and we had to deal with the KKK, then I moved away in the 70thes. Thinking I had left all that rasesim be hind….how foolish of me. Not looking at the fact that the white had become the blue. To Sandra and her family……. I hope u can get justice so she can RIP. It never should have never happen.
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      Banks July 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm
      I think,the officers that proceeded him ,should be taken off the streets aswell,she immediately took the other officers side without question
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      Joan Hepsworth July 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm
      If this man was able to do his job. Which he clearly cannot. Sandra Bland would be alive today.
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      Respect July 24, 2015 at 7:48 pm
      He may not have followed the letter of the law or some procedures, but her reaction to his requests was deplorable. She showed complete disrespect for law enforcement. She was arrogant & noncompliant during the entire situation. Being respectful & compliant will always lessen the stress & tension of the situation.
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      Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 8:53 am
      Sorry but you are wrong. I have been in a car as a teen with a family friend polite respectful and kind and yet they were treated like a damn dog. Kissing ass does not get you what you’re thinking it will he was hoping to make it a very quick in and out. Didn’t happen that way. It made me distrustful of the people that I am supposed to feel that I can trust it showed me another side of law enforcement that I had not seen before. After that I no longer wanted to be a law enforcement officer. It does not matter what your attitude is if the person is professional handle their job it doesn’t matter what the other person is saying or doing unless they’re trying to hurt you physically. Stop trying to uphold this person in their wrong. For me it’s not about race it’s about RIGHT and WRONG on the part of the professional who should have known what to to calm down the situation. Get out of your feelings on the fact that she didn’t kiss his ass and bow down. It wasn’t about that, it was about him over doing anything that made the situation worse he had no right to ask her to put out her cigarette, he had no right to pull her out of that car, he never told her she was under arrest, nor stated why. He was just dead ass wrong and now she is just dead.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

      That’s not the point! She DID not break the law and he had no LEGAL right to try and drag her out of her car and arrest her. She HAD done everything required by law and was right that she did not have to put her cigarette out or get out of the car. That cop was poorly trained or needs retraining. If he can’t handle a citizen being annoyed at getting a ticket he’s in the wrong job! I mean, harden up! He should’ve just given her the ticket and gone on his way. That cop escalated the situation into a highly illegal arrest.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 10:59 am

      She did everything allowable under the law!! She has the right to be irritated and the 1st amendment right to speak her mind as lond as she doesn’t threaten the officer. He was upset that she wasn’t subservient to him and he escalated the situation. Why woukd he ask her to put out her cigarette other that to try to assert some kind of power against her. No matter whatcshe said he could’ve just given her the ticket and walked away no matter what she was saying!!! As a trained professional why didnt he?? That’s the question everyone black or white male or female should be asking!!!!

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 11:07 am

      It doesn’t really matter if she is arrogant or rude, she is a civilian and he is an officer. It is HIS job to understand how to deal with the public in a calm and rational manner. I am a teacher and deal with mouthy arrogant teens on a regular basis. Sometimes I would love to get back on their face and tell them exactly how it is, but that would be foolish. It would escalate an already bad situation and I would lose any chance of gaining the kids respect. If he can’t keep his temper in check he has no business being an officer.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 11:13 am

      He didn’t deserve her respect. This officer clearly stepped out of bounds and has no business wearing that badge or carrying weapons if his emotions are that far out of whack. People do need to be held accountable for their actions but he clearly pushed until the situation escalated. You can tell from his body language that his little ego was hurt because she knew her rights and stood up for them. Furthermore, it is not her job to de escalate the situation, that would have been the job of the supposed professional behind the badge who is responsible for the escalation in the first place. I normally side with law enforcement but this was uncalled for. Also, why did he take her outside the view of his dash cam if he was behaving properly? I hope this leads to better training and accountability.

    • Jan July 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

      So she deserved to get thrown in jail for being rude to a cop? Get real

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

      I agree. He may have been wrong in the way he handled the situation but then so was she. She was trying to prove a point in a pointless situation. She should have complied, kept her mouth closed and received her ticket. Not saying it would have changed the outcome because his actions showed clear intent to haul her off to jail for some reason or another. Sometimes cooler heads can prevail and maybe she could’ve survived this encounter, or maybe not.

    • My four children July 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      I think law enforcement should always be respectful of the public and he was absolutely rude and confrontational. We should not have to act like humble servants to expect the law to be enforced respectfully

    • Nope July 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I think it is pretty clear that law enforcement in the U.S. has lost the privilege of being respected. It has to earn that back, and this is just another example of why.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      So she deserves to die for that? His action was deplorable if you ask me. He should be held to a much higher standard Being a servant of the people instead he acts like the pig he is.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      He did not have to ask her why she was upset. No one it’s happy to get pulled over, especially if they don’t understand why they are getting pulled over. And if you don’t want to heat the answer, don’t ask the question.

    • J July 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      She was non compliant to his efforts to violate her rights. Are you suggesting that citizens should be complacent while authority figures break the law and violate them?

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      I recently experienced this while coming from my sisters home one right. I was at a three way stop. I saw very bright head lights coming towards me at a distance but I continue to drive on. Within seconds a cop was riding so close to me that if I had slammed on brakes he surely would have hit me. I’m sure he was running my tags and at the same time waiting for me to make a mistake so he could pull me over. It’s sad you have to be nervous just because you come upon a cop car. I made sure I did everything legally, turns and all. Because who knows, I could have been Sandra bland that night..

    • Harry July 25, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      You are correct.

    • jfourse July 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Why do you have to respect the person who is violating your rights and civil liberties?

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      The cop should have been respectful first. Even if he was and she reacted that way, HE must uphold order and respect which he clearly did not do.
      We do have freedom of speech which means I could tell you to go fuck yourself and if you commit an act of bodily harm, you would be facing battery charges. Of you would face charges for getting hot headed by something I someone said then officers of the law should also face charges.
      So, if you perceived a situation where you were being taken advantage of and you spoke up in an angered way, would it be ok to threaten harm to you and yank you out of a vehicle and slam you on the ground? No. It would never be ok. So why is it ok for a cop?

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      You are obviously white, police or both. Police officers are paid to protect! He didnt even try.

    • Desiree Mallett July 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Her behavior was justified. He was rude, condescending, arrogant and used excessive force. He clearly displayed his ignorance by requesting that she put out a cigarette in her car. I would have responded the same way. He showed complete disrespect and lacked professionalism in this instance. Are you kidding me? Her behavior didn’t warrant death or the embarrassmeshe sub stained by being physically dragged out her car. Elvis trained to defuse the situation which he clearly failed miserably at. Was your response sole purpose to elicit or incite Gatineau feedback. Well, you were successful.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      I’m sorry but you sound real dumb right now I but you wouldn’t be saying that if you were in her shoes and just because you are willing to get on your hands and knees and be treated like the dog they think you are doesn’t mean everybody else is. We have our right just like Sandra Bland had her rights and we have the right to exercise those rights just as Sandra Bland exercised her rights. And just because we choose to do so doesn’t mean our lives should be taken away over ignorance.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      His questions and requests were deplorable!! He was supposed to be the professional in the situation. He was the one on the job with all the training on how to handle disgruntled drivers. You lead by example…if you are gonna be dismissive and disrespectful why shouldn’t I do the same. He asked her questions and he couldn’t handle her truth…don’t be pissed of at her because she didn’t cower because you are in a uniform. It’s all on him and I pray that he is never allowed back out on the street to try and impose his will on another innocent person!

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Wake Up lady…you get respect when you give it. It was probably your brother , the only reason you are condoning this mess. When it happens to you or your family you’ll sing a different song.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      The Supreme Court has ruled that this was an illegal stop (http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/07/what-the-supreme-court-ruled-on-the-false-arrest-of-sandra-bland/). Point Blank! She has the right to ask questions about why she is being detained. She didn’t show proper deference and kowtow low enough to reinforce the trooper’s false feeling of superiority; you suggest? Are you kidding me? His tactics and training were both feckless (and that’s what I think of Texas)!

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Did you even read the article?

    • Sol Trickey July 26, 2015 at 1:25 am

      A professional should be stable enough to deal with someone who is irritated, and it is common and often the case that people are startled when they are pulled over. If you watch the video the same police officer pulls someone white over before and gives them a warning. We shouldn’t fear for our safety if our tone is a bit off. The officer not only violated this individuals rights but broke the law in several areas.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 1:53 am

      How was she disrespectful, she wasn’t pleased at being pulled over but he was very provocative in his conversation with her. There was no reason for him to ask her if she was done, there was no reason for him to ask her to put out her cigarette, And there was certainly no reason for him to ask her to step out of her car. He completely escalated this situation for no good reason. As a matter of fact, his state troopers spend all of their time ticketing people for not putting on their signals they won’t get anything else done.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 2:12 am

      I don’t think it’s helping to act in a certain way to avoid this kind of problem. He was obviously abusing his authority and might have done so even if she had complied. Telling people to do what an authority figure says even if they are wrong to avoid trouble is like telling women not to wear mini skirts to avoid rape.

    • Elisa July 26, 2015 at 2:46 am

      None of that matters. You do not have to be polite or respectful. 1) he pulled her over because she didn’t use a signal when she pulled over to get out of HIS way. 2) he asked her what was wrong, then belittled her and bullied her when she answered. 3) he is SUPPOSED to be trained in dealing with an upset population, yet he CHOSE to esculate the situation. 4) he NEVER answered her questions. 5) he threatened her and laid his hands on her. 6) he never informed her of her rights even though he told her she was under arrest BEFORE she stepped foot out of her car (although he said he arrested her for assault when she was exiting the vehicle.
      Everything this trooper did was to show her he had a small penis complex. HE is the one who’s actions were deplorable! Even my ultra conservative brother saw the MANY Constitutional Rights violated! Our founding fathers fought to protect us against such things!

    • Andrew July 26, 2015 at 4:16 am

      Did. You not see the same video as the rest of us . . ?

    • Kelsi July 26, 2015 at 7:04 am

      But she’s allowed to feel contempt. She’s allowed to yell & cuss & tell him he’s a racist asshole. There is no law against being rude to the police. And he’d been tailing her & he was oppressive & demeaning & cops keep murdering black people, but none of that is the point. We don’t have to excuse her with the millions of reasons why she may have been acting any way she did. I’m so tired of any kind of blame on her. As long as she wasn’t posing a danger to his life, it doesn’t matter what she did. He’s meant to uphold the law. He broke it & she’s dead. These are the only relevant facts.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 7:04 am

      You don’t need respect a fool, and you don’t need to comply when you’re in the right.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 8:24 am

      So she should have been arrested and then died because she was being disrepectful? The officer couldn’t have stepped away and brought another officer in with a cooler head to diffuse the situation?

    • Akay July 26, 2015 at 8:37 am

      She was cooperative. He asked her a question in which she clearly answered truthfully, not disrespectfully. He does not have to like her response. He had already wrote the ticket, so why not let her sign and send her on her way? He was upset that she voiced her opinion and wanted to exert his authority, plain and simple.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 8:53 am

      What part did she not comply, you do not have to kiss a police behind, he asked her a question she answered but did u see how he lied to his boss and said she start saying “mf this mf that while in her car. Per a state trooper he asked her a question she told why she was irritated the he say u done. You do not have to put out your cigarette its a courtesy if you do. Let her sign the ticket get in you car and leave. Police are trained to have tuff skin snatching someone out a car and lighting them up was not the reaction to refusal to put out a cigarette. Don’t speak on what you haven’t been through. He was cited before so you give respect u get respect

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

      That response by you concerns me because it is indicative of what is happening in our country. First you acknowledged that the officer may not have followed the letter of the law…as if this is OK, then, you insinuate that it is the citizens duty to lick the officer’s boots to deescalate the situation. 1-it is not the citizen’s job to be professional and handle the stop. It is the officer’s responsibility. 2-The officer is not entitled to respect even if he or she does follow the law. People should be courteous when possible but law enforcement is wrong (and poorly trained) to feel they are owed that. I have many relatives in law enforcement and I know that there are fine people working in the field. I also know that there are many people with a badge who are dangerous at best and psychopathic/homicidal at worst. The black community is much more tuned into the latter because it has dealt with this behavior their entire lives, not always because they buck their authority… but often simply because of who they are. To summarize: The officer clearly was the unlawful participant in what should have been a routine traffic stop. And now, another human being is dead. Sadly, this lawlessness will continue. Whether it will be abated by a public that clearly and truly cherishes the ideals of the constitution remains to be seen.

    • Mickey July 26, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Wow! You’re missing the point. The woman was being harassed. First by his tailgating her, then by his attitude all over a “failure to signal a lane change”. She was being profiled. Do you even begin to know how that feels?! In the conversation, she was trying to exert her legal rights and she was the one being disrespected. She was threatened with a Taser! For what?! That officer DID NOT have the legal right to order her out of her car. Period! Since when is it ok for a little “disrespect” as you call it, to land you in jail?!

    • Dolly Lee July 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

      So let the bully trample all over your rights because you can’t be seen as disrespectful?? You got the order wrong/ police are civil servants, sworn to “protect and serve”. Where was the service here? She needed protection from him, clearly. He was dead wrong, arrogant, egotistical and has anger management problems. Yet you dare to defend his deplorable actions.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      I agree.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      I think he was escalation started when he continuously asked,” what the matter, you seem aggravated or something , then,” are you done?” He had already written the warning. To de- escalate it : Ms. Bland, I’m issuing you a warning for failing to signal a lane change. Please be careful and have a nice day.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      She was obviously irritated. It was a situation a trained police officer should known how to handle. It’s not against the law to be mean or disrespectful to a police officer. Sandra acted well within her rights, the police officer did not.

  • Doreatha Mckelvin July 24, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    First of all, after he stop her, he should have ask for license, registration, and insurance card, and the tell her why she was being pull over, none of this was done, where did he get his training, therefore none of this was call for, he was dead wrong for that, he should be fired and sent to PRISON!!!!!

    • Laura Horton July 25, 2015 at 6:23 am

      I don’t understand why he didn’t tell her he was stopping her for running a stop sign, which I consider a higher level of transgression than failing to signal a lane change. Heck, I’ve seen a lot of police change lanes without signaling.
      All the current websites telling people that they have the right to refuse to comply with police requests has made doing simple tasks like this much more difficult for police though. Because of public’s antagonistic, oppositional behavior the police might as well give up por-active behavior and & just become the clean up crew after the fact.
      Previous generations showed the badge some respect. We are in a new America.

    • Theresa July 25, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Hey, just wanted to say. He did do that in be video. Afterwards he came back and talked to her and this scene occurred. And she was like “well I would be okay, but you’re giving me a ticket because i tried getting out of your way”. And when he handcuffed her, he told her to come over and look at the documents because he was giving her a warning. But we don’t know what happened yet…so I’m not guessinng

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      In the beginning he did tell her why she was being pulled over and he did ask for license and insurance (they don’t ask for registration here ) but that is how she knew she was being pulled over for failure to signal

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      He should definitely be fired!

    • Mickey July 26, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Absolutely! You are so right!

    • Texas Proud July 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Watch the ENTIRE video.. Yes he did!! NO PRISON!!

    • BJ July 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      He never asked for these three pieces of ID. Give her a ticket and walk away. She would be alive today. He needs to be held accountable for her death.

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      I totally agree. He may have run her plates already but the first thing he should have asked for was her license and registration and after that explained why he pulled her over. You can get a ticket for a lane change without signalling. She just needed to comply with his commands. Her death is a travesty. Something very wrong.

  • El Cid July 24, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Had someone anyone with the slightest bit of compassion gone to Ms. Bland’s cell and simply asked: “How are you, how are you doing? Hang in there you will be out soon.
    Something so simple could have pulled this vulnerable young woman from the abyss the brink the edge and she might still be alive today.

  • kim Coleman July 24, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I think he should have given her the ticket and went on his way. After she explained to him why she was upset he got the attitude. Are you done? You asked for the explanation.! She wasnt yelling and expressed herself very intelligently. Was that the problem? Instead of giving her the reason she was under arrest he proceeded with threats, I’m going to drag you out, light you up and yank you out of the car. Who does that? What is the protocol? Where was the proper procedure? Also, where is the footage from the back up officers dash cam? And why would she say she saw the whole thing when she had to be called in? Lies and garbage! They messed over ms bland but when the truth is revealed the original officer and the back up need to be terminated! Police forces around the country need an overhaul and retraining and proper training. When citizens start fighting bsck to save their lives its gonna get really reAl. Im scared to stop for a cop now and have warned my children to put their phones on record if they are ever stopped.

  • krogers July 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I’m just at a loss for words this has me scared to death of police officers,I was pulled two days ago and I was so nervous I couldn’t find my registration or insurance card and it was in the car I just couldn’t pull myself together and the officer must have sensed my fear because he allowed me to go with just a warning for speeding,it’s sad to be in bondage even when you’re supposed to be free!!!!

  • Lucas July 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    First of all, this is another example of people (with fuel poured on the fire for ratings by the media) to jump to concussions without waiting for facts. As prior LE, there are a few things I can say; Yes, they should have done more frequent checks on her in jail. When I worked in a VT jail, we did 15 min checks on anyone thought not stable. Next, the fact that she back talked to the officer raises a huge flag to an LE official. It seems stupid, but history has proved anything, it’s that the innocent have nothing to hide. The other thing is that people that have never been assaulted, never had someone randomly try to kill them, are being so judgmental on the folks that have gone through those experiences. Ignorance is bliss. Seriously. Yes there are some pricks in the system (one reason I left) but the majority are good people who joined to try to protect the communities they serve. Also, if someone wants to kill themselves they will. And you can’t always stop them. Wait for the facts, do your research, and please stop trolling. You’re making America dumber.

  • Karen July 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I feel the officer should have explained to her why he stopped her. If she wanted to smoke that was her car he should have gotten backup r.I.p sandra

  • John George July 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    All lives matter. This officer had no business pursuing the situation as he did, and a professional officer would not have acted the way he did. Police officers have a tough job but must always remain within the law. There needs to be accountability and our civil rights mist be protected. Incidents loke this are becoming way too common, as are incidents of meney being stolen from inncocent people. The police need to do their jobs, not steal from, or harm the people they interact with. If an officer cant do their job while upholding the law then they need to find another line of work.

  • cynthia July 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I feel the cop was totally on an ego trip. First after viewing a tape on facebook, the first car he stopped the person sounded white and probably a residence of the state. That person did not have all the requirements the officer asked for but received a pleasant response from the officer with a warning. Now Ms. Bland explained to the officer why she changed lanes and with good cause but that was to much like right for the officer to except( and Ms. Bland with out of state plates) just gave him a reason to boost his ego for the state of Texas. He then asked her to put her cigarette out in her own car which was not a public place and no passengers. Now he’s really boiling to the point where he feels the need to prove he’s in charge by threatening to taze her and pull her out the car. Now, pleases tell me who’s the agitated person. On another video a lady that Ms. Bland thought was helping her was not visual nor heard speaking to Ms. Bland on another video. It’s just to much going on to many videos popping up with different versions of what took place. By the way, Ms. Bland asked if she was under arrest and she was told No so why did all this take place. Answering my own question ,his ego was way way way out of control to the point of no turning back. He should have been dismissed and charged without questioned. Just my thoughts

  • Jeff Pelz July 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    People aren’t talking about the 3 minutes BEFORE the video most people are watching. The officer makes a U turn and speeds to catch Bland. At that point there is no reason to stop her other than her skin color.

  • jennifer July 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I would post what I feel but I’m afraid a cop may kill me

  • Helena July 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Texas is full of klans men believe it or not. That state is deep in hate and racism. My heart goes out to the family. Make them pay. God will set things right with Texas.

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Wow I posted a comment that was true and not out of line and yall delete it. Obviously this message board has an idiot going no through these

  • L. Williams July 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    What happened to Sandra Bland was clearly wrong. She should’ve never been arrested in the first place and he is responsible for her death because he bullied her in the worst way. The ONLY way to send a clear message that abuse of power and police brutality will not be tolerated is to hold those accountable by swift and severe punishment. There are so many good cops but the bad ones are worst than thugs or violent criminals because officers vow to protect and serve and it is an atrocity when they violate that vow.

  • Frank Robinson July 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I think the police are out of control and need to be retrained.

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Blacks kill blacks everyday. Same goes with blacks killing white and vice versa. The problem here lies the police officer is not a good person. There are so many lives being shot or killed in ALL races. Just seems like the “white” cop is the only one killing all black people today. Which is not true. This cop should be put away and locked up forever. But don’t judge a bad apple and think that all cops are bad. Imagine the world without police. They protect us and put up with a lot of crap. Yes, this cop is a bad person but the racism stuff will never go away if blacks always think the white guy is racist. There are just as many racist blacks as there are any other race. Founding father were right “only we as a nation can destroy our country” and we are slowly doing this daily 🙁 so sad!

  • Dan Warner July 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    prosecute the cop

  • JC July 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    What is the Texas Civil Right Project? You need to provide context as to the source. I would have preferred hearing from a state law-enforcement officer, not a third-party NGO. What the officer involved did was clearly wrong, but I’m not sure this is the best source to complete a frame-by-frame analysis.

  • Tasia July 24, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    And they wonder people run from them I don’t trust the po- lice ?

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    “The U.S. Supreme Court decided many years ago, in a case called Pennsylvania v. Mimms, that an officer may order someone who he has stopped for a traffic violation to get out of the car. Thus, you do not have a choice in the matter. It does not matter that the weather is unpleasant or that the officer does not have a clear reason for asking you to get out. When the officer asks you to “please step out of your car,” you have to do it. As mentioned in Part VIII of this series, these sorts of “requests” can be confusing.”

  • M. Ellis July 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    To be charged for assault on a public servant as a result of a tussle that occurred during an illegal arrest, is not an assault. If this case had gone to court, all charges would have been dropped against her. This officer should be fired and reprimanded. I pray that the investigation is found to be murder so that he and his accomplices can be prosecuted!

  • Roy July 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    It troubles me that our rights are designed to protect us from abuse of government authority, yet, so many people give advice to forget about our rights and be nothing but compliant when dealing with government authorities.

  • Robert July 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    “He does not have the right to say get out of the car. He has to express some reason. ‘I need to search your car,’ or, whatever; he needs to give a reason. He can’t just say ‘get out of the car’ for a traffic offense.” is WRONG (The U.S. Supreme Court decided many years ago, in a case called Pennsylvania v. Mimms, that an officer may order someone who he has stopped for a traffic violation to get out of the car. Thus, you do not have a choice in the matter. It does not matter that the weather is unpleasant or that the officer does not have a clear reason for asking you to get out. When the officer asks you to “please step out of your car,” you have to do it. As mentioned in Part VIII of this series, these sorts of “requests” can be confusing.)

  • Jaz July 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I think this whole situation could have been avoided if he would have just given her the ticket and walked away. She wasn’t harming him, blowing smoke in his face, anything in that nature. I believe that he was WAY out of line. Then, he physically went into the car and tried to pull her out. Who is he to do that??? I know a lot of police officers. When they saw this video, they was mad because he did not follow procedure if he felt threaten. However, he can’t say he felt threaten because she didn’t gave a gun, she was minding her own business and he came at her wrong. Now he’s on administrative duty?!?!?!? He should be on leave without pay because everyone signs a contract when they began working with any company, he violated more than one law. Throughout this passage, you basically said that she was not in a wrong about anything. He should be the one fired or in jail. He threatened her!!!! I’m starting to believe that people that “in authority” is getting out of control. They are using the law, gun, and taser to their own advantage. He started this mess, not her!

  • SpaceChief July 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    This officer’s behavior is not really the exception, and contrary to what seem to think, black people are not the only ones harrassed – though clearly far more often. Do not kid yourself – if a cop sense a disability on your part (economically esp) will keep you from challenging him in court – many will screw you with little fear of retribution. I know this from 1st hand experience and subsequent research

  • Santa July 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    And this only one case scenario where we had the chance to be able to see on the video what happened which makes me wonder how many other victims have been brutalized, descrimitated against by this officer or any others.

  • Rita p roberts July 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    We are living in a police state!
    America used to be free.
    We have degenerated into a country divided.
    As we know, or should by now, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    She should’ve made bond but her family didn’t want to pay it due to her getting arrested and not paying fines. I heard she had a warrant because of the unpaid fines.

  • Katie July 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Jim Harrington is giving out flatly wrong, incorrect info here. Some of it is legally correct, some of it is not. For ex: officers DO NOT have to tell you what you are charged with. I really hope the editors read this. Shame on Rhonda Fanning and the Texas Standard for publishing this. I mean there is correct on the information on the internet, you just need to search for it. This person is not a lawyer and it is really quite pathetic that he is giving out legal advice that is flatly WRONG

  • pw July 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    The officer may have been wrong but he didn’t cause her death. According to investigators she was had marijuana in her blood and it was suicide and not homicide!

    • Kailey September 16, 2016 at 7:01 am

      She had marijuana in her system… Yeah, and?? This doesn’t make what happened to her okay! THC doesn’t make you suicidal, have you been watching Reefer Madness?? Besides marijuana not triggering suicidal thoughts/tendencies, it also remains detectable in your system longer than any other drug. So it could’ve been over a week since she had last smoked, it is very likely that she was not under the influence of any kind, it was just residuals in her system. Quit victim blaming!

  • Ryan July 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    This article is not completely accurate. Cops never have to give you a reason in the moment for an order, or why you’re under arrest. And a lot of what it said a cop can or can’t do is actually more what is better or worse. Cops don’t hate it when you know your rights. They hate it when you think you do, but are wrong, and decide to get mouthy instead of just being cool, taking your warning, and driving away. Trust me, most of the time, they know the law better than you.

  • Beanna Hazel July 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I personally believed he had no right or reason to open her car door or tell her to get out of her car I dont think it was a racial thing I do believe because it was an out of state vehicle that he thought he could trick her

  • Susan July 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I am a Texan. I feel less safe today, knowing that behavior like this has been tolerated until now. How many other officers are allowed to bully random citizens, like this guy? How can we trust you anymore? Now, if I am pulled over, I will feel endangered. Even though I do not look like Sandra, this incident has tainted the trust in every police office/station.

    We need to be able to trust *every* officer to follow the rule of law. I urge every police station to weed out those among you who would behave this way. Teach tolerance to your officers–to “protect and serve” has to be more than a slogan.

  • Bridget July 24, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    The video was scary, the implications are worse. Every day we risk losing good people due to racism. We are not in the clear, racism is killing our freedom and our children. Black lives matter, and it is our responsibility (as those who are not systematically profiled) to stand up, speak up, protest, offer safety and support. This is a movement that needs to occur.

    • Sheryl C July 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Why is this officer(?) on administrative leave. There is no question he should be fired! He used excessive force repeatedly and that is why he kept pushing, pulling her off camera so he could do what he wanted. I believe he slammed her head into the ground and used excessive force on her back with his knee. He was just being a jerk. There are many people nowdays looking for jobs. He clearly messed up big time. Fire his ass sooner rather than later!!!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Ask the people in Chicago if black lives mater.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      White lives matter too

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      ALL LIVES MATTER NOT JUST BLACK LIVES

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 5:40 am

        Sure they do… Fotunately all lives are not constantly and systematically threatened fix whats broke and quit statimg this foolish rebuttal…

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 7:50 am

        Of course all live matters but the only ones who are being killed by police just because of the color of their skin are blacks

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 8:05 am

        ALL LIVES do MATTER, but unfortunately, it is the BLACK LIVES that are senselessly targeted by some police offices. You would have to be BLACK to know and understand all that we experience on a daily basis…just because. Ridiculous things. My son being pulled over with me as a passenger coming from an event late one night…the officer had no reason to pull my AFRICAN AMERICAN son over other than DRIVING WHILE BEING BLACK. He claimed one of the tail lights was out. My son gave his license, insurance and he wanted to know where we were going and coming from…none of his business (we didn’t say that, we were very polite). But I asked the officer to show me the light that was out (the vehicle had just been inspected). He changed and then said the light wasn’t out, it was ‘dim’…only because I asked, he had no cause to pull him over other than he was DWB and he was looking for something to be wrong to give him a ticket or something. Registration, paid, inspection, current, insurance, check, valid driver’s license, check no, my son has no warrants. This officer let us go and warned him about the ‘ dim’ light. Took the car to the mechanic the next day…no dim lights. That is but ONE example I can give you. We are law abiding citizens and all I could think was how angry I was that my son had to experience this, but he needed to…because no matter how great a young man he is in the home, on the field, in school and living for CHRIST, it doesn’t change the fact that he is BLACK.

      • Shante'Nicole July 25, 2015 at 9:10 am

        Yes all lives do matter. The problem is that sadly if you are black or perceived as being around black people too much then you are profiled as black. It’s not right it should not be happening so yes I agree all lives do matter. But why are black lives being taken by law enforcement on a daily basis? Without hesitation without a complete thought of the outcome. Black child holding a toy gun hurting no one just playing. Now he’s dead buried in the grave at the age of 12. White man in a building shooting up people left and right for no good damn reason other than he wanted to and yet he can be taken out in handcuffs. People need to think people need to be REAL.

      • Another Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm

        Obviously, however the phrase has arisen because our society acts like black lives don’t matter. This is like when women talk about the scary experiences they’ve had and the precautions they take because of that and some one says “not all men”. We know. Of course all lives matter. That’s why it’s being stressed that black lives matter TOO.

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm

        You mean all lives should matter but only black people are being assaulted or killed in these incidents.

      • Dan July 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm

        The kind of people that say that are the same kind of people that clamor for a White History Month

    • Dennis July 24, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      I do not fully disagree Bridget but All Lives Matter. And do we stand against white folk? Against cops? Maybe just white cops? As if to say all whites are racist, all cops are racist or maybe just white cops are racist? This bothers those of us who do not have these racist bones. It bothers those of us who support our law enforcement. We do not in any way support racists nor “super cops” who deprive anyone of their constitutional rights. But there is always two sides to every story. That’s two views. There needs to be debate without civil unrest. Only racists refuse to offer facts and relieve evidence.

  • Shirley Cofresi July 24, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    The cop was way out of line and should be fired and prosecuted. The woman obviously knew her rights, but Texas doesn’t seem to understand that ALL their citizens have rights that are to be respected. Fire the stupid cop with the big ego problem. Ms Bland would be alive today if not for that unnecessary traffic stop. The federal government needs to get involved with a serious investigation of Ms Blands death.

    • pw July 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      According to investigators she had marijuana in her blood and it was suicide, not homicide. The cop may have been in the wrong but he didn’t cause her death.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      I so agree with u on this

    • James Douglas July 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Why does everyone not talk about the reason she had to change Lane’s in the first place. Did they say the police car came up behind her real fast. Didn’t she do what we are told to do is give the police vehicle the right of way. So she changes Lane’s to let him past her vehicle. Now the reason for him coming up behind her has all of a sudden his emergency has ended and now he’s focus on her car. They were looking for her. She was targeted by police. Then watch hisvaction as he questions her. His second or third question was enough for him to act a fool. Look they knew who she was. They wanted to reach her a lesson. The whole world is Watching. Please keep this fresh in media. Maybe we get something done. Sorry Sandra had to loose her life. Let’s not let them get away with this. “Black Lives Matter”!

    • Marilyn B. Reed July 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      I strongly feel that this officer should be fired and PROSECUTED because he obviously has mental issues that should be addressed. I feel that a well trained officer would always try to descalate all situations that they are involved in. This officer seemed to be trying to escalate the situation consciously or unconsiously. I also feel that Sandra’s race was a factor to the officer. We need good police officers who are out there putting their lives on the line to be level headed and at all times work towards descalation of every situation so that people to not have to get hurt or jailed for something that boils down to a bad policeman’s attitude. I read the transcript between the officer and Sandra and in my opinion the only one who should have been arrested was the officer. I would not feel safe being told to get out of my car and not even knowing why and then he has the audacity to claim assault. You probably will never know how many good police officers lives may be in danger because of the unfairness of this situation and causing people to mistrust and hate police in general.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      I totally agree with you, he should be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Instead, that criminal cop is still employed and on desk duty. Such is “justice ” in rural town, Texas. It’s disgusting and needs to be stopped. The Department of Justice should get involved in these incidents.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      I agree

  • Nee July 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    why is he on leave and not fired why it is clearly he is not doing he job it is clearly he escalated the situation and was mad because she didn’t kiss his ass I’m a nurse and I had and old white man who hated “black people” his words he said to me however it was my job to make sure he gets his meds, blood and what every else the doctor order I couldn’t just not give him his meds or blood transfusion and let him die the cop was to protect and serve not get into his feelings she did nothing wrong until he disobey the law himself so why is he on leave even if she suppose to have hung herself he was in the wrong he need to be fired and not work as a cop ever in life

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      The sad thing he’s not on leave, he’s working at a desk now until the investigation is over. Then he’ll most likely get a promotion to Sargent and a pay raise. Smh

    • Laura Horton July 25, 2015 at 6:38 am

      Ridiculous to claim racism here. He deals almost entirely with black students every day. If he was truly a racist he would have been removed from the force fairly quickly.
      Prairie View is a large African-American campus in the middle of fields of cattle and scattered farms. i would hazard a guess that Hispanic is the next largest segment of the areas population in fact.
      This was a police officer dealing day in, day out with college students and it seems for whatever reason her antagonistic behavior brought him to the end of his patience.
      It wasn’t racism. Not in that town. Waller at Prairie View is almost entirely minority. I have a horse farm there. I know the area well.

    • allen July 25, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      I’m a RN and as charge I had a patient request another nurse cause his was black. Instead of honoring his request I went to the nurse and said what he had said and gave her the option to continue that assignment. She said she was fine and use to it (she’s a better person than me) I quickly told the patient no and he had no right to discriminate on this floor and his nurse was one of the best on the floor and that I make assignments according to acuity not someone’s prejudices. The whole thing made me sad and made me realise what a song person said nurse was. If we acted like this cop we would be fired and or in front of the board.

    • Chris July 25, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      I agree. He needed to separate his personal feelings from his duties as a professional public servant.

  • Shuree July 24, 2015 at 11:47 am

    This is spot on, get him off the streets for good!!!! I guarantee, he’s the reason she’s dead!!!!!

  • Sas L'Oreal July 24, 2015 at 11:47 am

    this was a tylical violation of every right of this woman. It continued in jail. she should have made bond .. 3 days in jail on a traffic violation ???? OnlyInAmerikkka

    • Laura Horton July 25, 2015 at 6:40 am

      That’s my question. They set bail. Bond would have been 10% or $500. Why didn’t she bond out?

    • Chris July 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Jail culture is “Hell”. Jail is a world where you are treated as being guilty until proven innocent. It’s utterly demeaning, Inhumane & degrading to be I created. It can trigger suicide in people who are in the position that Ms. Bland was placed on.

  • J.Sipe July 24, 2015 at 11:27 am

    No defending the officer’s behavior when I say the following . Almost all of these videos I see on the web or television, not all but the vast majority, start out with the citizen challenging the police from the beginnig. Would it not be better to show respect in the moment, then file a grievance through the proper chanel if you felt your rights were violated in any manner.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      She didn’t challenge him at all…she initially answered his questions with no attitude or swearing

    • tre July 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Clearly you haven’t been harassed by the police or profiled its times when you give the respect but it’s not giving in return and filing complaints does not work have tried never received and response nore ever known how up the chain of command it has gone we are been rail roaded as a community and as a people for a long time only thing now its on camera and that still does not help this is nothing new.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      If you saw it from the beginning, then you should have clearly seen that she did not, in fact, “challenge ” him. She explained in a calm tone of voice the reason for her irritation.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Yes!

    • Blackchad July 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      That is the issue there as well… it is clearly known (or more like a hidden rule) that complaints from Minorities go unanswered or unvalidated!!! And how do you trust the people that are basically hunting you…??? There shouldn’t have been a reason to file a complaint!!! The system does not work for Us like it works for most Affluent or White People… and the main reason why these videos start out like this is because half of the time we try to “play ball”… but once the Police take it to another level, we have to use the camera as our ONLY witness to their actions…and by the time the cameras are going, the initial instigation that started everything has been missed and we are left looking like we instigated the incident… But here is a question… why is it that the dashcams always start after the Police have pulled you over and started a confrontation??? Or they somehow always have a “glitch” or malfunction when there is a suspicion of inappropriate conduct on their side??? When did the Police, who are sworn to ONLY UPHOLD the law, become the Judge-Jury-Executioner??? The Police are not any body’s “Massah”… so what makes you think that because they say something and can’t justify it, that we just have to obey it??? And if you are going to uphold the law… at least KNOW THE LAW!!!

    • S. Rich July 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Wouldn’t it be better for the men/women trained as officers to KNOW THE LAW and not feel like they are a God to be worshipped? No, it wouldn’t be better to just play along and file a grievance. Being knowledgeable of the law and YOUR RIGHTS is nothing to be ashamed of or humble yourself about. We are all citizens and deserve to be treated with respect under the laws of this country and CERTAINLY under the laws that this man was sworn to protect and uphold. If you don’t know those laws then you can’t possibly do your job and should be removed from that position. However, it is not Sandra’s responsibility to humble herself because of his ignorance or God-complex when it comes to knowing the law

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      That’s blaming the rape victim for the way she’s dressed

    • janice king July 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      I think being a police is a job it is not a licence for you to order people around disrespect, or think you have more juice than the average person they are not above the law because they are cops its a job treat it as such. Thats why they get angry when you ask them questions they dont think they owe us a explanation because they are the so call man. They are in control when it should not be like that I think if im stop and I ask you why did you stop me you should tell me as lone as I answer your questions he should not have a problem if I broke the law take my ID go to your car and write my citation you dont need to ask me to stop smoking now you can ask me to turn down the radio it interfers with communications I could go on but hopefully everbody understands what im trying to say being a police is a JOB.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      I understand what you are saying but I have been with others that done the same thing stating the law and constitution and the officers excused themselves. They were addressed as mam and sir and have a good day. They just weren’t a black woman.q

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Why should she have to put her cigatette out just give me my ticket so i can leave

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      I disagree. As a lowly security guard myself and regularly working with police, I find it nessesary to know the laws as well or better than the police. My reasoning is simply, police officers are human. They know the laws and use it to their advantage. Fortunately the use it to get the criminals off the street, but, they also have the ability to use it against we law abiding and knowledgeable citizens. As human beings, they are just as susceptible to corruption and just as capable of lying As anyone else. (yes, filing a report using rhetoric and knowledge of the English language is lying in my book.) Being respectful is a useful tool with both parties, but civilians knowing the laws, and their constitutional rights while using them appropriately is a requirement these days. Again, police are human and can cause harm physically whilst not being allowed to defend yourself, and judicially which can ruin a person’s life as it did with Sandra Bland.

    • Omero July 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      finally someone came up with the right and exact solution.. I totally agree with you..

    • Juliano July 24, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      The point isn’t whether or not she should have challenged the trooper the point is she had her constitutional rights violated and ended up dead had she been blonde and blue-eyed this wouldn’t even be a discussion he would be fired and had criminal charges brought up already but I guess black lives don’t matter in America

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      She might be alive today had she done that BUT WHY should we FEAR FOR OUR LIVES because we don’t cower and obey these arrogant bullies in uniform?

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Have you ever filed a grievance or complaint on an officer? It’s like asking someone’s brother or sister to investigate them.

    • Dennis July 24, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Exactly. You do not have to respect the man/woman, you should respect the badge. If you’re wronged.. Walk it off. Take the ticket, drive away, call a lawyer, go to court and get some money for your time.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      How can you just gloss over the cops behavior and jump to the victims lack of respect. It bothered her that she was stopped for such a minor infraction. When hr noted she seemed irritated she explained why – no raised voice no cursing. Perhaps he was expecting an apology for her attitude. But an adult has every right to express themselves as she did. And I don’t think it was at all disrespect. The first disrespectful thing was the cops retort, “Are you done.” It was condescending and rude. So it is not surprising that she then that she said ‘No’ to his request that she put out her cigarette. It was her right and perfectly reasonable that she would refuse such a request. Then the escalation of demanding that she get out of the car was totally. He said nothing during the encounter to suggest that he thought she was a threat. He placed her under arrest. For what? Certainly not the traffic violation. He later reportedly said her charge was assault while he was putting on the handcuffs. None of that is on tape. Besides, that can’t really explain the arrest. The arrest should be the reason for the hand cuffs. Or was he psychic. “I better arrest her ’cause she’s about to assault me.” There is no reason he couldn’t have deescalated the situation by just telling her to remember to use signal when changing lanes – no matter what the reason. Or if he really felt like she needed a ticket, write it and say “Have a nice.” A ticket followed by “Have a nice day!” is punishment a-plenty. He is human. But any professional policeman is trained for these types of incidents. And they are expected to deescalate tension when possible. I may be missing something, but all I see is escalation on his part.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Umm she did, she showed him the paperwork he asked for without hassle, she sat and waited for the summons without hassle. She humbled herself although extremely agitated about the stop. The officer seeing her agitation decided to agitate her with a question concerning her agitation, she simply responded with honesty and stated her agitation was due to his enforcement of her for failure to signal when she felt she was moving out his way. Regardless of why she was pulled over, she hadn’t cursed or refused anything asked of her until the officer decided not to complete the stop by handing her the warning but instead belittling her and demanding she turn her cigarette out, after completely disregarding her response to his question

    • Bolden James July 25, 2015 at 12:17 am

      I’m sorry, J Sipe, but blaming the victims is a bit like defending the cops. How can you just gloss over the cops behavior and jump to the victim’s lack of respect. It bothered her that she had stopped her for such a minor infraction. When he noted she seemed irritated she explained why – no raised voice, no cursing. Perhaps he was expecting an apology for her attitude. But an adult has every right to express themselves as she did. And I don’t think it was at all disrespectful. The first disrespectful thing was the cops retort, “Are you done.” It was condescending and rude. So it is not surprising that she then said ‘No’ to his request that she put out her cigarette. It was her right and perfectly understandable that she would refuse such a request. Then the escalation of demanding that she get out of the car was totally out of line. He said nothing during the encounter to suggest that he thought she was a threat. He tells her she is under arrest and actually threatened her with “I’m gonna yank you out” and I’m gonna light you up” (as he points his Taser at her), at which point, she exits the car. There is no reply to her questions, “Why I am under arrest”, “Why am I being apprehended”. Indeed, this is quite perplexing. Certainly she is not being arrested for the minor traffic violation. He later reportedly said he charged her with assaulting him (“flailing her elbows and kicking” while he was putting on the handcuffs. None of that is on tape. Besides, that can’t really explain the arrest. The arrest should be the reason for the hand cuffs. Or was he psychic. “I better arrest her ’cause she’s about to assault me.” There is no reason he couldn’t have deescalated the situation by just telling her to remember to “use signals when changing lanes – no matter what the reason”. Or if he really felt like she needed a ticket, write it and say “Have a nice.” A ticket followed by “Have a nice day!” is punishment a-plenty. It is true that he is human. But any professional policeman is trained for these types of incidents. And they are expected to deescalate tension when possible. If you lack the ability or temperament to follow the protocols for deescalating, you shouldn’t be placed in situations that mat require that degree of self-control. I may be missing something, but all I see is escalation on his part.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 11:08 am

      That might be the smart thing just to be humiliated then file a grevence but our 1 amendment gives us rights that should be protected by law enforcement. Being disrespectful or being precieved as being disrespectful should not be followed by an unlawful escalation by a trained law enforcement officer just because he feels he’s not being respected. As ling as he’s not being threaten then his training and respect for the public should be enought for him to do his job and move on!!!

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      I Agree

    • J July 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      First off, in this video, she was compliant until he overstepped his rights and started to violate hers. Then she challenged him. All of our citizens should know and defend their civil rights, even against authority figures.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Well I had an awful experience with the Atlanta PD….i asked what I was signing 2 citations for while on my job…as I turned to ask another officer for help …i was snatched up by the officer and slammed on the hood of the police car…i was arrested for 5 different citations including refusal to sign a citation because I asked what I was signing a citation for…what offenses…i was cited for battery against 2 officers…obstruction of an officer…but I was detained the entire time with him holding onto my license and writing the original first 2 citations out…did I mention I was at work…smh…they took me to jail…court appearances were set up by the DA on days that court wasn’t held to see how many witnesses were coming and to see how strong my case was….so they could build a stronger case against…i was super angry but instead of lashing out…i filed a complaint with internal affairs of my unfair treatment…and after they were involved…everything went by the book…and they lost…ALL CHARGES WERE DISMISSED…I got to keep my job after being on administrative leave for 4 months pending the outcome of the charges…i had a jury trial…and the officers were reprimanded. ..maybe they still got to remain on the force but I outsmarted them by telling Internal Affairs and stopping any Xtra unfair treatment that could hv incurred later…but I transferred out of that area for safety reasons on my job and just super thankful that nothing happened in jail…but I called everyone I knew including my boss and my co workers by drawing a lot of attention to myself…my co workers were at another baild bond looking for me and came to bail me out…i knew my rights were being violated but I also knew I was outnumbered. ..so I filed a complaint and went higher up instead of having an attitude or questioning their authourity…i got lucky…but others at the time weren’t so lucky…i learned that my brains over attitude worked best….

    • jfourse July 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      This officer from the beginning saw that she was upset and aggregated by the stop. Yet, he still escalated the situation. This country is built on challenging authority, the problems begin when the challenger is non-white.

    • Laurisa July 25, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      c’mon now. . .do you honestly think you can get to first base with a grievance? NO, it’s not going to happen. They would take one look at you and laugh you right out of the station.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      She showed him respect. She told him, he was doing his job. He was the one that obviously cant handle his job. He should be fired!

    • KC July 26, 2015 at 8:29 am

      What makes you think that filing a report would help. They violated this woman’s rights then killed her. I do not condone being impolite and disrespectful to law enforcement, but being polite and filing a report of any kind of violation of rights will be laughed at and thrown away.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      We shouldn’t have to though. We shouldn’t have to live in a world where we have to lower ourselves so we aren’t kill by the ones who are supposed to be protecting us.

  • Tia July 24, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I think there is a time and a place for conversations and questioning but we, as citizens, need to remember in an officer’s eyes, traffic stops have the potential for violence. The officer is human too and this situation may have been similar to another one he had been in recently that went poorly so his brain was already jumping to conclusions. If Ms. Bland noticed his behavior and was calm in speaking to him, he probably would have calmed down and simply written her a ticket. Officers screw up sometimes, so do citizens. The best thing we can do in a traffic stop is stay calm and polite.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Wrong is wrong and right is right. Maybe this woman had a life ahead of her ? Maybe if she was still alive she would be in jail for long because some ads whole with a badge felt like he was being disrespected. Oh wait he’s human he could act the way he did ! Well she could too ! The way she responded and reacted was more human than that officer will ever be.

    • Janelle July 24, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Being impolite is not illegal. And it certainly does not warrant assault or death by government appointed officers.

      This is also a fallacy, because just HOW polite does one have to be? What if you’re having a bad day when you get pulled over? What if you’re not neurotypical and you can’t communicate tone like people generally do? Why do we need to be terrified and submissive to police officers when we’ve done nothing wrong? It is ENTIRELY wrong and also dangerous to put the onus of behaviour on the general population, when LEO’s are supposed to be trained professionals entrusted with lethal weapons. It is an officer’s duty to de-escalate a situation and ensure the safety of all involved in a situation-even if they are a criminal! Unless a person is actually posing a threat to themselves, an officer or the public, the officer is responsible for the wellbeing of that person.

      We’ve just gotten used to the brutality.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Amen.

    • Disbelief July 24, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Oh, wow. Some people rebel when their rights are being violated. The courts, in many cases, do not provide remedy for many reasons. As we now see, the authorities lie and, hide and doctor evidence. Some people expressed the same sentiment about Rosa Parks’ actions, and so many other who stood up against tyranny. This cop needs to be off of the streets and in a jail cell. A gun and badge should not be carte blanche for violating anyone’s rights. This woman is a hero and a martyr.

    • A.P July 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      I agree and disagree there is a time and place for conversation but just because she was firm with him doesn’t mean she wasn’t calm. She was not irate she was factual and we all know a male’s ego won’t allow a woman to be right and then we include race, location, and the fact that she was clearly educated. The officer in this case let personal factors influence his decision making when he has in fact been trained to do the opposite and use better judgment based on facts and the fact is he escalated a traffic stop to an arrest, assaulted a woman and days later she was dead. He is wrong and should be held accountable for her death because his actions led to it. Just ghee same if two people commit a robbery and one of them shoot and kill the victim both robbers are charged with the murder because if they didn’t intend to rob then death wouldn’t have occurred if this officer didn’t choose to escalate the situation she would still be alive.

    • Kirsten July 24, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      You’re trying to justify his actions. No. He is wrong and he along with the others who are involved is the reason why a life was lost. She knew her rights and he acted like she didn’t have any. No justification for this.

    • travis July 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      There is also a time and a place to discuss safe protocols for interacting with police and this is not one. When you do it in the manner you have then you are victim bashing and deflecting. Her behavior was not wrong, just not preferrable. His behavior was wrong. Hell you’re asking for understanding and damn near sympathy for someone who deserves none. It’s backhanded responses like yours that halt true progress. My god you just annoyed me so much!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      She was polite n in the means of the law she did not break it he did. (Period) he was clearly an egotistic racists n the very cause of her death!!! This should not be taken lightly point blank! He had the intent to cause just what he did confrontation which led 2 that sister’s death!!! B empathetic!!! How would you feel!

    • Blake July 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      If that’s what you took out of this situation you need to look again, he is clearly overstepping his bounds and escalating the situation; and “what if this is reminding him of a previous stop that didn’t go so well?” That’s a pretty damn big assumption, and even so, if that were the case, he should advise her to stay in her vehicle, not get out, and then call for back up and wait for the back up to arrive. Please open your eyes Tia.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Did you watch the video? She was as calm, annoyed but calm. Open your eyes, this is happening everywhere with the police. We live in a military state.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Just moments before he pulled over someone else and let them go with no problem. He even told that person to have her dad email the missing forms. Smh…

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      You must be white & living by a different hand book. Minority’s have a much different reality. Open your eyes .

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Oh give me a break. Seriously. Even if this arrogant dude did have an overreaction due to his history on duty, it does not give him the right to treat her the way he did. He should be fired, simple as that. If I go off @ someone for no reason in my job, I would expect to be fired. He overreached his authority & more than likely had something to do with her alleged suicide. By the way I am white, and am sick to death of racism in general, but most especially in positions of authority. I am disgusted.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Agreed to a certain point. Police officers are not GOD!!!! They are human beings as well as servants. It is a two-way street..they should be respectful & polite as well. Even if it was a suicide…the family should file a civil suit, in my opinion the officer’s inappropriate behavior & abuse of authority created the situation which I am sure contributed to this horrible tragedy. If he had conducted himself in a professional manner, this young lady would’ve gotten a citation & driven away. Such a shame!!!

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 1:35 am

      Where did you get information no one on the planet has? This officer just had been disciplined.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 3:59 am

      So people need to treat police like dangerous wild animals then? They are here to protect and serve the people, not act like feral dogs that could snap at any minute. Bland did NOTHING wrong.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:55 am

      In the dash cam video I don’t see Ms. Bland being rude. He asked her a question, she answered it. It was like he was pushing for a fight.

    • J July 25, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      I don’t see how that applies to this situation. He was deliberately provocative, asking her why she was irritated and being rude with the “are you done?”. Then asking her to put out her cigarette. Instead of all that, he could have said, “I’m giving you a warning for failure to signal, sign here please” and been on his way.

    • Chris July 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Some “Officers” are assholes & bigots “in uniform & with guns, the law, the DA on their side”. You have to have the time & resource to challenge that kind of power, and expect to win. Sorry.

    • jfourse July 25, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      I agree with you in part, however he is the professional! He had already written out a warning, why not give it to her and go? What did her cigarette have to do with it?

    • Bolden James July 25, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      But he is the professional who was trained to deescalate — not her. And is disrespecting a cop who has disrespected you with the sarcastic, “Are you done?” more of an offense than murder? I would be able to understand better if a cop became so offended that he beat a man during an arrest if that man had killed 4 people in a church — he still should lose his job, but as a fellow human being, I still would understand his “losing it” for a moment. But for this precious young lady to be treated like that – I don’t understand at all.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 12:15 am

      The officer was clearly looking for trouble, for any excuse to exercise authority over the person stopped. Had she leaned over to put her cigarette out, I’m absolutely positive that he would have shot her and said that he thought that she was reaching for a gun.

    • Kelsi July 26, 2015 at 7:06 am

      That sounds a lot like victim blaming.

    • Jemine July 26, 2015 at 10:04 am

      This is the most sensible advice I have read since this unfortunate incident. A little patience on the part of Ms. Bland would have descalated the situation for you don’t know what previous problems the officer must have experienced which resulted in His aberrant behaviour. She insisted on her right and ended up losing her life. She had choice to filing a complaint against the officer, sadly she choose the alternative of arguing with an armed bully.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      In the beginning he ask her questions and she answered him . Only when to continuously asked her ,” what was wrong ” and she told him is when the problem started. Just tell the truth.

  • D yates July 24, 2015 at 11:03 am

    The originally posted 57-min tape shows a previous stop by same officer. Courteous, official, simply gave a friendly warning. (I don’t recall the infraction & cdnt see race of the driver – car was red).
    The officer drives on, makes a U-turn & proceeds after Bland – not clear to me just why. She may have been exceeding the 20-mph speed limit, but he never mentions that. Only that she failed to signal getting out of his way as he sped up behind her. No other traffic is visible in either direction is what I recall.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      That’s the problem he saw her and started to follow her, it obviously made her nervous so she decided to let him passs so she forgot to signal so officers need to stop following people based on preconceived ideas. The problem of profiling will always end badly until it stops. Pull up behind someone because there is reason to believe there’s a problem but color can not continue to be thr reason.

      • Dennis July 24, 2015 at 10:23 pm

        Come off it buddy. There are many reasons besides racial profiling to get behind someone. Driving slowly in the fast lane is illegal here in Texas. Driving in the fast lane on a pass only section of highway is illegal. May have thought he saw her smoking weed.. Also illegal.
        We don’t know yet. But pushing the race card constantly is weak.

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 10:42 am

        I have no idea if he saw it but didn’t it look like she ran the stop sign when she made the right turn?

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 5:51 am

      This comment should be flagged for being null and void. What is ur point… Your recount of the 57 minute tape provides zero insight. He was courteous in one stop but, brazen in this one because of a cigarette and you said yourself you dont know why she was pulled over and add 20mph to your statement#itisbettertobethoughtafool

    • jfourse July 25, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Did you notice on his first traffic stop they were not issued a ticket, and they did not have valid proof of insurance?

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Sandra RIP, you did not have to put out your CIGARETTE in your car. Which was the first thing the to come of the trooper mouth. Because he don’t like smokers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sad , sad, sad.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      He may have not liked second hand smoke from cigarette. That may be the reason for asking her to step out of car, too.

  • Tony Richardson July 24, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Sad example of a law enforcement officer. But what really amazes me is, they said she had bruise and scratches on her wrists three days later when they found her dead in her cell. Well those cuffs must have been on her really tight for there to be marks on her wrist three days later. Having transported prisoners across the United States, I have never seen marks on a prisoners wrist three days later and some of them had on the “Black box.”

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      TRUE!!! LET’S TALK ABOUT THE AUTOPSY…NO 1 MENTIONS THAT.

  • anonymous July 24, 2015 at 10:40 am

    the police officer violated her rights while escalating the matter, he should not have been allowed to arrest her. you can’t blame the victim when the police officer doesn’t know how to do his job right, hell, it sounded like the victim knew the law and her rights better than the officer. the officer should not only lose his badge and face criminal charges. if the officers don’t start doing their jobs right, than they shouldn’t be on the force.

  • Diane Gray July 24, 2015 at 10:40 am

    This cop was completely out of control. He should be charged with her death. He know exactly what happened to her. He should not be on police force now or ever again. He have no respect for black lives. He used unnecessary force on a female that led to her death while in police custody. He have white supremacists on police force that gives them the opportunity to kill unarmed blacks. WHERE IS JUSTICE WHEN IT COMES TO THE BLACK RACE!!!

    • Lucky July 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      All life matters,I continually throwing this black lifes matter it is going to keep lines drawn.other people
      need to realize that everyone needs to get along

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I’m pretty confused how people are blaming Ms. Bland taking her own life on another person. The officer could have handled the situation a lot better, but at the end of the day, nobody forced her to make the decision she made. BTW the officer does have Supreme Court case laws that back up him taking her out of the car and not give her a reason so saying he can’t is flat out wrong (ref. Penn v. Mimms)

    • Dennis July 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Anonymous,
      In Rodriguez v United States, SCOTUS ruled that the police cannot prolong a traffic stop beyond the intended reason. After he gave her the ticket there was no legitimate reason to keep her or ask her any other questions. The stop was over once he issued the ticket.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Before you accept information make sure the facts add up how in goodness name did she hang herself yet there were no marks on her neck? The figure in which ” police say she hung herself from was on as tall as 5’10 Ms.Bland was well over 6’0 ft tall; it would have been impossible to hang herself from in there, and the trash bag they claimed she used was tested and would not have been able to hold her weight without breaking. It is okay to actually investigate and come to your own conclusion as opposed to accepting the first thing told you.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      No way did she take her own life she spoke to us on her phone while in jail how ? But told us we can stop police brutality if we all fight together, go back check out her call for unity! See all the videos!!!!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      In order to ref. Pennv. Mimms, the initial stop must be lawful. Here, it does not appear that a lawful reason existed and certainly was not given.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      In this casr the officer must have probably cause and state to the alleged what that suspicion is. They was no indication in the traffic stop of his reason or suspicions.

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:03 am

        You are wrong. The officer does not have to tell her anything. Once he told her she was under arrest, she was resisting arrest by failing to get out of the car. And, yes, one CAN be taken into custody for a minor traffic violation. To give a ticket and release is the officer’s discretion. Regardless of what you want to be the officer’s fault. The driver did commit the traffic infraction, which was the probable cause. The driver’s poor demeanor is what escalated the stop, not the officer’s response. As was said by others: comply and be polite and the situation would not have escalated. The problem her is that there are too many people who think they are street corner lawyers, but do not actually know the law. The officer may have violated department policy, but did not break the law…the driver, though, did. If the officer needs to be fired and go to prison, as some have stated, for a policy violation, then the driver, if she would not have committed suicide, would have deserved the death penalty, according to those same posters. The real question is why did the driver escalate a minor traffic violation into an arrest, due to her behavior, and then decide to kill herself over it? Sounds to me like the driver had some major personal issues that no one wants to admit were the real cause if this tragedy. But, by all means, blame her erratic behavior on the law enforcement officer, as that seems to be the current fad in our twisted society.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Actually it’s against the law for him to do what he did. So no matter what you try and say it just shows how much you don’t know.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      I think you are missing the fact that whether or not it was a suicide is in question.

    • #Justice for Sandra July 24, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Yes you truly are confused, and you are probably one of those people that think just because a beautiful red rose has thorns on them, that you can’t be stuck by one. Fact checking will help you understand the simple things in life. Her death was a direct result of a person sworn to up hold the law.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      What is the confusion. This woman seems like the LAST human being that would hang themselves. She was obviously murdered while in custody. Oh, and are moronic for thinking otherwise.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      The officer still had to abide by the Supreme Court judge me by, Rodriguez vs.United States, which clearly states, that an officer cannot extend the reasonable time it takes to issue a ticket. By even asking her, “What was wrong”?, he violated the law. The ticket, later said to be a warning, was already written and needed her signature for this encounter to be over.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 12:21 am

      You need to reread that decision. It has nothing to do with ordering her out of the car. It pertains to the pat -down afterwards when the cop saw a bulge in Mimm’s pocket.

    • Kelsi July 26, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Well she didn’t kill herself… That is a lie.

  • Lisa Noble July 24, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I’ve had issues with black & white cops .Of course my husband is black .So we’ve been harassed by white cops during traffic stops we’ve been pulled out of our vehicle our children have been pulled out of our vehicle been threatened to be taken to jail just because we speak our mind about it. one incident we left our house in Tanglewood here in Cleveland Texas drove up to loves truck stop rented a movie from the DVD machine there was three or four cop cars there in the parking lot they are all have a little Pow Wow my husband me our two children get back in our truck and leave hit 2025 and come right here to Helen Street and guess what they’re all behind following us with their lights off ..really ?they put their lights on pull us over they come to the truck being real rude and pushy they tell me they’re going to put me in jail for not giving my license fast enough which I had to get my license out of my purse out of my wallet that was down the bottom of my purse then they pull my husband out of the truck pull me out of the truck then they pull our 12 year old and 14 year old out of the truck search the truck tore the whole truck apart me and my husband work everyday for everything we have we pay taxes we own our property we own all vehicles but they treat us like we are big time criminals Liberty County Sheriff Department did this to us that was only one incident it happened within three blocks of our house and I think its a bunch of BS do I think someone killed her know I believe she did commit suicide do I think someone kill her ? No I believe she did commit suicide, she probably had issues just like alot of prople do…she should’ve never been in jail in the first place an then she would still be here.

    • Laura Horton July 25, 2015 at 6:46 am

      They have to ask before they can search your car. Being compliant with requests to put out cigarettes, turn down radio, step out is one thing. But my family’s attorney has advised us all to never allow a roadside search. Told my kids to have it towed and call him to be present.
      Lawsuit if they search without first getting permission. Attorney’s advice – and that’s what we pay him the big bucks for.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      It. Is. Called. A. Period. Please. Use. It.

  • Joyce E. Ritchie July 24, 2015 at 10:15 am

    He was on a power trip & blew this way out of proportion. The female officer was a liar & should have been penalized as well.

    • Iris July 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      You are definitely correct! The female officer is also guilty of aiding and abetting this heinous crime!

  • Joyce E. Ritchie July 24, 2015 at 10:10 am

    He was on a power trip, she was an activist & knew her rights. I also know the female officer was a liar & should also be penalized.

  • meekie July 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

    The public servant was very unhappy when he asked her was she feeling some type of way she give him a detailed description of her feelings.. yet he failed to response to her explanation he then directs his attention to an her action inside her vehicle that did not warrant a concern smoking. . Yet second hand smoke may have been his he did have the ability to step aside or at this point ask her name insurance and vehicle registration. . Smoking is not illegal, but threatening to bring bodily harm to someone whom has not shown or display harm i would like to think is… she clearly ask for answers why are you doing these things. …i dint understand. Clearly states she was confused about would happen next death was not on her mind..she was not looking to bring him any harm and had no desire to be harmed.

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:55 am

    No one thought of this
    It’s clear this trooper has a problem with. Women challenging his orders

  • ace July 24, 2015 at 9:54 am

    He got her killed

  • l rat July 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Another case of blame the victim. i.e. “If she hadn’t been 1) in that part of town 2)dressed like that 3) or behaved that way she would not have been raped oops arrested.

    • Doc July 25, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Glad someone else sees this as well. Thought it was only me!

    • Kelsi July 26, 2015 at 7:11 am

      THANK YOU!! I’m so, so sick of seeing any kind of victim blaming. We shouldn’t be looking for the reasons why she “brought it on herself.” It makes me sick.

  • biannca July 24, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Black background and white font is painful for your readers’ eyes, how everyone, I managed through this thorough article. You’re absolutely right, the officer was clearly out of control!

  • Jill July 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I was always told that as a woman, I have the right to crack my window, skip out my driver license and ask for a female officer to be called in.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 10:19 am

      No officers will usually accomadate with a female officer if they’re going to search you, but they don’t have to find one just to talk to you. And if you just crack your window, and the officer wants to take you out of the car, he/she can. Pennsylvania v. Mimms and Maryland v. Wilson allow officers to take anybody out of a vehicle during a traffic stop for any reason.

      • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 11:44 pm

        No they do not. Check the law & you will see that they cannot lawfully do that without cause.

      • Laura Horton July 25, 2015 at 6:54 am

        What was told to me by Houston police was that if at night or in remote area and situation makes you nervous or suspicious, drive on to a lighted and inhabited area (closest police station if you can find one) even if being followed with patrol car. And call 911 and report situation immediatiately so they know what is going on.
        But in broad daylight on busiest street in Waller it appears, that does not really apply.

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 3:58 pm

        If you’re a professional and trying to descalate the situation tell the person why you are pulling them out of the car. He is a man and twice her size. Why threaten to taze her? If he had been as pleasant as he was on the previous stop things would be different.

      • Kelsi July 26, 2015 at 7:12 am

        But he has to state the reason.

  • Herman July 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Excellent facts and information. Very appreciated.

  • gizzil July 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

    We have rights! If we don’t stand up to agressive misuse of authority, we don’t deserve those rights. Cops that are bullies should not be in uniform. This tragedy is not her fault, and cops that bully people should be dismissed. #rapedbyacop1975

  • td July 24, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I think this is dangerous. We’ve had some bad cops before and perhaps there always will be. However, after 9/11 we’ve militarized them and well… we’ve really turned them into our official oppressors. Hell, I don’t trust them and I’m a well educated middle aged white woman. Is this a black v white issue. No. (well, not entirely) Would I be even more leary of then the cops if I were black? Hell, yes.

    Good cops (if not an oxymoron) have a very hard job. But we tend to hire thugs with an inability to control their baser instincts, and place them in positions where they faults play out to devestating effect.

    They want to assert their power and WIN. I’ll show YOU who’s boss.!! TSA is the same way. Want to fly? Keep your mouth shut, get groped and bleat on. Want to not be arrested for your blinker? (put away your ciggarette and you rights.)

    Right? Hell, no. But better then dead. It’s hard to be vindicated when you’re dead.

    Hard to be proud of the “land of the free” these days.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      I tip my hat to you mam. Very well said.

    • Chris July 25, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I concur. So much power in the hands of poorly trained people is a danger to freedom and democracy.

  • Tanya Jacobs July 24, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Suicide? ?? The officer took on a personal offense ..simple back up . But he only has desk duty but causes her life from a simple traffic stop. She knew her rights. I encourage anyone what ever state you live know your state and federal laws. Know the statues. Train and educate yourself.

  • Mary krause July 24, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Just very sad especially for her family and friends. But I really believe that I could of happened to a white woman also. I have had a few minor stops that could of gone really ugly in a link. My prayers go out to family and friends.

  • Kay July 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

    look at the 52 minute video from the beginning, he pulls over a Caucasian female and lets her off with a warning, (I only watched the video once but) what I saw was a car pullout from the driveway on the opposite side of the highway, it turns right, the officer gets back in his car and goes to the next intersection and makes a U-turn and travels at a high rate of speed in the opposite direction he was originally traveling. He comes rapidly upon the vehicle that moves over to the right lane without signaling, he must turn on his lights at this time, she pulls over immediately. This was Sandra Bland’s car. He went after her right after the first car in the video, he saw her pull out of the side street or drive way. He saw she was black and there fore guilty of driving while black. He pursued her and waited for her to make a mistake.

    • Myra July 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

      I agree with up until the point that Bland had bad behavior. I’m sorry but, she did not display bad behavior. She showed a natural human response. She was upset with being pulled over for a bogus stop!!

    • Dennis July 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Wow. Racism will always be in every culture but crying racism every time a a cop does their job or occasionally over does their job is, well, racist. I mean.. Where are you at when it comes to black on white mistreatment? Black on black? More white folks are killed by cops every year than black folks. Look up the statistics.
      Now I agree.. This cop is a “super cop”. The kind of cop no one wants to pass. And if he’s racist.. We will find out

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 12:08 am

      I saw the same thing immediately first time I watched it, watched it again, and pointed it out to my girlfriend

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I want to be clear though. I think trooper handled everything poorly. In light of recent events I would feel that he was mis-treating Ms. Bland because she was black. However, he could have been a misogynist who would not treat any woman with respect. Either way, he did not act professionally and Ms. Bland was confrontational. It was a perfect union of bad behavior. But the question for me is how she died. We will probably never know what really happened, and it is very sad…

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 7:45 am

      In my opinion, Ms.Bland wasn’t confrontational. She clearly asked him a question and gave him a statement of what she didn’t have to do. To me, he was then outraged because of her responses to him. My perception is, a lot of white cops takes advantage of African Americans and their duties. Not every African is dumb nor bad. As a matter of fact, they’re getting more educated now than before. Really the crap needs to stop. But to mevagain, whites don’t want to see African Americans make it in the world. They like to see them dead or incarcerated……

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Sickening! Just sickening! I pray justice be done.

  • Tawana Beecham July 24, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I’m so lost for words . I’ could actual write a book on this matter. I myself would have cooperated although I know he performed an improper procedure and after I recieved my ticket i would have madd a formal complaint. It’s really sad , I’ll leace it at that .

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:50 am

    You are right in feeling what you feel, just don’t lower yourself to their level. I too believe she died directly due to this offensive, abusive lawlessness of this officer.

  • yo July 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Have you watched any of the Lethal Weapon movies? Any TV show. The cops are always the good guys and the “perps” are always the bad guys. Anything the cop does to effect an arrest is the right way as long as the “Perp” is locked up. This is the mentality they carry every day. You get pulled over, you are a “perp” until you prove to the cop that you are not a “perp”. You either comply with the requests and behave like you are not a “perp” or you pay the price. And it is not unfathomable to think that some Dudley Do right cop hung that woman since she acted like a “perp”. I think there needs to be some give on both sides. IF you are black, you can watch the Chris Rock instructional videos. They were meant to be funny but there is a lot of truth. If you are a cop, you have to learn the book and go by the book. There are cameras everywhere. You will do your job on film for now on. The cameras benefit everyone. They help tell the story and when a “perp” is breaking the law, the camera catches it and the “perp” has no defense against the video. It tells the truth.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Lol yes!

  • Jeannie July 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I am so sorry she encountered this off the wall, dangerous Trooper. I wish she had just complied and been able to drive away. I mourn for the loss of Sandra Bland. I am now even more fearful of police.

  • Terri July 24, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I remember seeing a video on TV of a man in a car cursing the policeman, stating he refused the ticket, spitting towards the policeman and tearing the speeding ticket into pieces and the policeman never lost his cool, called him “sir” over and over, compleated the task of writing the ticket in a professional manner and left the scene. But in that video, the police acted like a well trained professional and the driver was a white man.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      yes, but when the officer asked the driver to get out of the car to pick up the papers, he did.

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 6:08 am

        You missed the whole point…

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:03 pm

        Maybe if the driver was black he would’ve been arrested.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 12:12 am

      Exactly

  • nally July 24, 2015 at 7:59 am

    What’s the point of knowing your rights when authority figures and police still abuse the system and get away with it.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      You are so right, these polices do the unthinkable and get away with it.I’m so sick of this unfairness…

  • Margaret Hodgkins July 24, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I think she died because she stood up for herself with this trooper and he obviously did not like it. He does not need to continue in a job where he deals with public safety.

  • Jamie Holloway July 24, 2015 at 7:40 am

    This just wrong & another sad case

  • Theodor Kotulla July 24, 2015 at 7:38 am

    This was total abuse of police power.

  • Bree Roberts July 24, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Something very similar happened to my uncle in Crockett, TX. His mistake was ending a relationship with the sheriff’s sister. He was arrested without proper evidence for a crime we don’t believe he committed and found hanging by his shoelaces in his cell. All of this completely out of character. He left behind 3 beautiful children who all miss him so much.

  • Sean July 24, 2015 at 7:14 am

    It’s obvious because she is an activist she was telling them from her cell that she would do everything she could to have them all fired from their jobs and so the cops decided to take her out because if they lost their cushy jobs they have no where to go.

  • Sumayah hodges July 24, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I have a situation that going to put an end to all this madness. We need to protest for a living victim such as myself someone who can tell there side of the story, not one sided. For centuries this has been their strategy the only cases that get investigated against corruption are cases were victim have been murder even then no justice. Me and my daughters are being threaten daily by corrupted police officers because I refused to stop seeking justice against them for murdering my father. I have contacted the President, members of congress and the Department of Justice informing them of the threats on our lives, they all choose to ignore my plea for help. Our government don’t want the world to find about the chip they secretly implanted in me for the purposes of tracking me twenty four hours a day. One out of three people have been secretly chipped especially those who have been to jail. Our corrupted government is waiting on us to be murder before they will investigate this matter this way they can deny or say whatever. To top all that off my daughters have been forced into involuntary servitude by these corrupt police officers which is a form of modern day slavery by these same police officers. Please follow and share my message the legal system has failed me I need the support of the American people,all form of my communication has been blocked to prevent me from exposing the truth about a perfect murder being covered up by our very own corrupted government. MY FATHER WAS MURDERED WHILE HOSPITALIZED

  • bill July 24, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Its quite obvious you left out the begining of the conversation…this woman clearly had an attitude and was defiant. If people just respected others more especially law enforcement, things would not happen…and we do not know if he was tailgating her for sure do we? NO! clearly the media is always looking to stir the pot for their own personal gain…and it is disgusting

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Agree!!!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Again, for those in the cheap seats – having an attitude and being defiant are NOT crimes! She was irritated, but not disrespectful until he asked her a pointless question designed to increase her irritation.

    • Jerry g July 25, 2015 at 12:18 am

      Did you not see the video

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Having a bad day equals arrest then death in your universe? You should really think before speaking.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      We saw from the beginning of the video how fast he pulled out, made a u turn, and followed her however. You are to protect and serve. I’m sure she’s not the first person he’s ever stopped that had an attitude. Be an adult and do your damn job.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2015 at 6:18 am

      Sir that is the beauty of the United States. You have the right to have an attitude, and not be arrested for it!!!!

  • Tb July 24, 2015 at 7:09 am

    This article points out many of the instances that disturbed me as I watched the original video. Be very careful if you get stopped by a cop. It doesn’t matter if you did nothing wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re right. Even the best trained law enforcement agencies have nuts in their midst and events can escalate out of control very quickly. Save it for the Judge and move on.
    Ps being stopped for having out of state tags is not just a Tx thing. It’s a small town profiling thing. I was once stopped in my home state for having Texas tags. No other reason. Stay calm. Please.

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 6:58 am

    She was dead when they took her out the car.something not right

  • Nomad1966 July 24, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Troopers. Please do not make the mistake of calling them officers…that was my mistake totally go by their own made up rules & laws. My experience was crazy. I wish I had it recorded.

  • Shazonia Evans July 24, 2015 at 6:38 am

    This situation is jus plain sad. She was still someone loved one. And the police or whom ever took her life as if she meant nothing. Something needs to be done about this. It points all wrong from the beginning. Hope the family finds answers

    • bill July 24, 2015 at 7:14 am

      Ummm she took her own life!

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:09 pm

        The bogus arrest pushed her over the edge.

  • Melinda4203 July 24, 2015 at 6:18 am

    The questioning of why she was upset was so wrong. He should have given her a ticket or warning and left it at that. We as citizens are nit his punching bags. oh, and no he did NOT tell her why he was arresting her. I have heard this multiple times. This was an overly aggressive officer. He needs a time out behind bars and firing.

  • PEACEMAKER July 24, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Only God Knows What Was Being Said On The Other End Of The Phone Call, Seems Like That’s A Pack After Every Illegal Arrest , He Was Order To Call The Supervisor. So They Could Put It To The Public The Way They Wanted To, But God Was Not Going To Let It Play Out Like That. He Have The Last Say, And That’s Why The Public Hears Part Of Their Plan. They Were Only After Out Of TOWNERS, The Proof Were In The Traffic Stop Be For Ms. Bland, No Insurance Oh Please Help Us God.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Huh?????wth did you say????

      • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        Don’t be a jerk.

  • Rita Keeley July 24, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I think he murdered her or had someone else do it because he knew he was screwed.

  • Summer227 July 24, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Cop was wrong!

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 4:20 am

    All of you guys says just do as the cop says, right or wrong just do it. Well fuck that. If I’m in the wrong, I will comply. If the officer is wrong I will not comply. Simpe as that, they’re PUBLIC servants, we don’t serve them! I have respect for officers and other figures of authority, but just because you have that authority does not mean I or we should bow down at every order and they should not abuse that power.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

      First let me say that I am ss brave as the next fella. But lets face it. We are in Texas. I gar one will live to fight another day. This situation belongs in the COURTS NIT THE GRAVE. So follow the IDIOT instructions pull out your camera and record it. I for one always start ny record when the lights goes on.. So don’t be DEAD RIGHT. Just saying!;

  • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 3:50 am

    I for one don’t think that the officer was in the right at all, what’s going to happen real soon is that people are going to start snapping & killing cops off. I’m not saying that’s the way it should be but they are repeatedly killing black people without sympathy. I watched a video of her being dragged out the back of the police car & it seemed as though she was already dead! Soon the black community is going to reach its boiling point & these cops that are so called here ” to serve & protect” will feel the wrath. Don’t get me wrong not every cop is a bad cop & I salute the ones that aren’t but something really horrible is going to happen if the world doesn’t come to peace soon!

    • Beth July 24, 2015 at 9:23 am

      That was not her. Jezz. I hate when police officers abuse their power but I also haye when people believe every piece of bs that comes their way. Do you think they stopped by the mall and got her a new set of clothes? She was wearing a brown maxi dress in the first video and a short and white shirt in the second? How did that happened? Is another woman. Let’s not add more fire to the pire especially if is the wrong kind.

  • Dr. Mark Bear July 24, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Well, I think it is a matter of how many times it takes place. And for Sandra Bland, she already was involved with Black Lives Matter. While I fully understand your perception is to simply comply, the problem is clear when reviewing data from say Ferguson. These people were compliant, and for quite a long period of time. Under representation of their race on the police force, with an undeniable balancing of their criminal justice system on the backs of black people, turns this white man’s stomach just a bit too much. Watching the encounter between Encinia and Bland further sickens me. He is a State Trooper and knows better, and yet, two things become clear:

    First, when Bland turns onto the thoroughfare Encinia is on, he makes a U-Turn at his earliest opportunity. Once completed, he ends up speeding to catch up to her. Then, once behind her with his lights on, she pulls into the right with no signal.

    While it is most certainly an illegal lane shift, she also has the responsibility to get out of the way of any emergency of police vehicles (which she does). It seems to me, that the lane change without a signal is insignificant and further bolsters the perception that he baited her.

    Finally, while I am white and will never be able to understand life from a black perspective, I would imagine that most minorities are not afforded the same access to resources as I am. This is not to stereotype black people or minorities, but it simply is a statement of how our system appears to be tilted against minorities. I am not a person who believes in privilege of any kind. Hope that assists !

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:43 am

      I feel exactly the same way. I am a white woman and to tell the truth I am offended by arrogance and the disrespect of others that go hand in hand with it! I would likely say what I feel and you can just guess where that may get me!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      You hit the nile in the head

  • Ray July 24, 2015 at 1:28 am

    According to Texas top state and government officials .. A failure to signal doesn’t and hasn’t ever constitute an arrest. The said that Bland shouldn’t have been pursued and stopped. They stated that at no time she should have been on the outside of her car for a failure to signal. . She knew her rights and his anger got the best of him. They said that she has every legal right to smoke in her car and by law the officer has to tell her why he is arresting her and it definitely can’t be for a failure to signal.

  • Ray July 24, 2015 at 1:21 am

    The article is correct. Actually by texas law the first car should have been towed. It didn’t have a valid insurance verification in the car and it’s an automatic towing of your vehicle. All used an old bully tactic of tailgating with driving on her bumper to make her nervous. All top state officials has said the officer was wrong in a press conference and yet some of you on here are TRYING to justify his actions. He is at work and at all times he is to be professional. He appeared to be on drugs.

  • Karen H July 24, 2015 at 1:12 am

    He was very unprofessional and wanred to prove to this Black woman that he was Billy Badass with a badge, he needs a refresher course or even taken off the street for good!

  • A. Smith July 24, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Should he have handled it different? Absolutely! However if she would just put out her cigarette because most likely the smoke was going straight into his face instead of getting snippy than this would have never escalated. It was a simple request that she choose to be argumentative over. She set the tone and with out state plates that gives huge red flags.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Good news from the she should have camp – she will never blow smoke in someone’s face again. I’ve got asthma smoke sucks but I don’t arrest people for it.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:02 am

      HE was the one who escalated! He is the supposedly well-trained professional who held most of the power. The success or failure of the interaction is therefore HIS responsibility as the public servant wielding the greater power. If you listed to the stories of the lives of people of color, you would know that you cannot say anything about ‘how it would have gone’ depending on her behavior. You don’t know. People of color are killed by cops whether they are cooperating or not. Please, for heaven’s sake, learn something about how racism operates in this country!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

      If the trooper wanted the FAVOR of Bland extinguishing her cig he should have asked politely.

      • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm

        He did.

        • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm

          You call that polite. I pay taxes for you to arrest criminals. Smoking inside your own car isn’t a crime.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Boy oh boy again blaming the victim…you just don’t get it!

    • Nic July 24, 2015 at 9:01 am

      But the point is not obligated by law according to the article to put out the cigarette….he was out right abusing his authority by making said demands seem as “lawful order”

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:23 am

      When she did not put out her cigarette, which by law she didn’t have to, he should have said “Thank you ma’am”, given her the ticket and said “Have a good day”. Gotten back in his patrol car thus removing himself from the smoke.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Uhmm.
      When a cop ask me why I’m irritated.
      And I explain why.
      Then he respond with “Are you done?”

      From that moment on. I’m not going to treat him with respect. Because he disrespected her.

    • Doc July 25, 2015 at 9:34 am

      He set the tone by asking, “Are you done?” AFTER he asked her the question. Just because he didn’t like her response didn’t give him the right to become belligerent.

    • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      She was in her own car. Why did she have to put out her cigarette? Give her the damn ticket and let her go on her way.

  • Stetler July 24, 2015 at 12:20 am

    The video is extremely disturbing. Watching the first few moments made me wonder: what percentage of the drivers that this trooper has pulled over are women?

  • KimBria July 24, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I think some of you people are very sad. That woman (my opinion) was murdered!! Some of you don’t even give a care, that that woman’s life couldve been taken from her! Put yourself in her family’s position. Planning her funeral and thinking that maybe some of the safest people could have done that to her!!! I have sympathy and I’m 15 years old. To me some of you should just shut up, grow up, and feel something for a change
    #RIP SANDRA???

    • Tawana Beecham July 24, 2015 at 8:54 am

      I agree with you . You make a lot since and you are very educated . I know Justice will be served✊

  • Aretha July 23, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Some people on here really don’t know their rights or laws aren’t there library’s every where, goggle can take you’ll to law library’s or Lexus law which will give you answers. Please people it’s important to know you laws and rights.

  • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    he shouldn’t be dismissed from the police – he should be in jail.

  • Christina July 23, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    They should all be in jail

  • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    This is why I HATE Figures of authority

  • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Cops Feel Dread

    • Melinda4203 July 24, 2015 at 6:26 am

      They need to get their feelings in order. This is not about Thor feelings. If they can’t they need other jobs. He needs to be jailed.

  • Hate July 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Can truth use this story for the next stupid “cigarettes kill” commercial? Seriously, cops have WAY to much power. This country is a cesspool of human garbage. wich is probably why she killed herself.

  • Dava Silva July 23, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I am “white” as defined by most people’s standards. But I have to disagree with those that say if you are pulled over, you should just do what the officer says. You do have a right to question the reasoning for the stop and you can peacefully resist. You should not roll over and accept poor treatment just because someone waves a badge . I don’t know what happened to this young lady once she was in jail but I am certain this outcome could have been prevented. The arresting officer did overreact.

  • S S July 23, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    The fact is this: based on everything in the above article: she should never have been arrested. Not only did this “officer” violate her rights, HE was responsible for putting her in jail and for all subsequent events. That amount of bullying is severe enough to invoke emotional trauma, and this man should be put on trial for abusing power and threatening the rights to a fellow human being. It’s disgusting! We can’t let bullies run our lives or have any authority!

  • Sheyshey July 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Back in slavery, there were men/officers designated to protect the plantation from fleeing slaves. They would stand posted or some on horses with their rifles ready in hand. It was their job to shoot and kill unruly slaves. Im starting to see that nothing has changed. Only difference is they have vehicles now.

  • vuciful July 23, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    This type of escalating has happened to me with my 14 year old son. The cop was accusing my kid of stuff that didn’t happen and he had witnesses to corroborate his story. I stepped in as this was going on and stopped it. Luckily he was a minor and was protected.

  • Maureen Feeney July 23, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Iif an

    I f anofficer doesn’t give a reason why he’s pulling you over! Then that means he just being nasty!
    Lit cigarettes are not a safety issue. Is drinking water a safety issue same thing ! The action is just raising the cigarette or drink to your mouth!
    We need to have every state clarify their procedures for pulling over people !

  • Jimmy Z July 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    One thing that this officer has in common with the officer that wrestled at teenage girl to ground at a pool party is that both are short in stature. I’m guessing that both are (consciously or unconsciously) conditioned to come on a bit more aggressively / act mosre assertively than a taller, heavier officer – that compensation thing guys are prone to . . .

  • Mike July 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I watch a video of the dash cam today. after he made a stop on maroon car it showed her making a right turn without stopping at the stop sign. Then it showed him turning around and coming up behind her before the changed lanes without a signal. Plus he ask her to put it out for his safety as she could have threw it in his face or eyes. She was trying to bait him. I get so tired of “feel sorry for us”. They need to get off the rear end and be somebody.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:20 am

      You have so much to learn.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Who is “they”? She had a job, and she was certainly being somebody. He also didn’t mention anything about his safety; only got pissed because he asked her unlawfully to do something, and she quite lawfully declined to do so. Do you do anything someone tells you to, even if they have no right to? If so, please stop posting responses on the Internet forever. Thanks!

    • Anonymous July 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

      @ mike I know that nobody is saying ” poor me” this is BS and it doesn’t matter what race you are, police, troopers, abuse their authority every day every where, by law you do not have to say anything when being pulled over, give them your license, registration, insurance, after that if they ask you to step out of the car, your right is to say ” am I under arrest?” That’s it, that’s all you have to say, lock your doors & only roll your window down enough to squeeze the documents out, if the officer continues to ask you to step out of the car without answering your question and no probable cause for you to step out, you reply with ” I want your superior officer/ and that’s all- if the superior shows up and is just as bad as the officer you have the right to keep going up the ranks- if you’ve done nothing wrong( most officers DO NOT like it when citizens know their rights and demonstrate them) but what are they going to do ? Break your window! MOST IMPORTANTLY AND FIRST MOST- video from the beginning and if and before it can get crazy get that video live- police don’t intimidate me, but I’ve dealt with some arrogant ones who disrespected me and stereo-typed me because of the area I was in- I got his name, badge ID and went to his captain with my complaint, the officer had to apologize to me personally. Think of all the people that don’t tell of their experiences because their that afraid of the law! The law is not above our rights, that arrogant cop doesn’t deserve to be in a trooper uniform, he should be wearing an orange suit behind bats, not in protective custody!!!! I hope justice wins for this victim & mike I can only imagine what kind of person you are!!!

  • hp July 23, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    “Contempt of cop’ (sassing, sneering, questioning, cursing) though not illegal or a crime is punishable by anything from false arrest and fines, up to and including tasing, beating and summary execution.
    These happen all day every day, across the looted plain.

  • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Her mugshot is weird. Her hair touched the shadows it creates…that means she’s lying down…it just really stinks of ‘not all the facts’. How is it that being murdered is the victims fault? I get that if you follow instructions you are less likely to cause conflict, but she did not escalate, he did. He took a simple woman who was defensive because of racism, and he acted as hard core as he was able. Cops are not equipt to be superhuman authorities, they do a job, it’s supposed to be one of service. As a person who works with photoshop and lighting etc in my work, I look at her mg shot and understand why Twitter users developed this theory…the lighting isn’t direction, like a flash or overhead light when you are standing near a wall…its diffused, like it would be from overhead. Her licks touch the wall and there isn’t s break between the shadows and the hair. That really makes a strong case for her being on the floor. Dead? I don’t know. But lying down…pretty solid evidence for yes.

  • Will July 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    More prople need to see this. What has gone on is terible im glade the truth is getting out

  • Molly Henderson July 23, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    who the heck is Rhonda Fanning? A lit cigarette can do some serious injury, say, to an officers EYE for instance?!! He’s got as much authority to tell her to put the cigarette out as he does to take a knife away from her! And he told her to get out of that car, because she was being beligerant and non-compliant, I’m sure leading him to believe she was about to gun it and take off! When you start bucking everything an officer says and does right off the bat, he has VERY GOOD cause to suspect you’re hiding something. The only thing he HS to tell her is her Miranda Rights. He did not arrest her for a traffic violation- he arrested her for being non-compliant and combative. She was so out of control with that sewer mouth of hers and that confrontational attitude, I’m sure he was concerned for his safety

    • caris July 24, 2015 at 7:27 am

      He is the professional and he did not follow protocol period! If she was under arrest he should have stated why and read her her rights he did not @ the point of having her leave her vehicle there was no arrest-able offense committed.

    • Cyndi July 24, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Did you not read the story? He had no grounds or rights to do any of that? Do you not understand the limits of police power? According to you, cops can do anything they want….and they cannot. He needs to be fired from his job – his behaviors were completely unprofessional and over the line. He created the entire dreadful situation with his own actions. As the 15-year old said above……you need to learn something and grow up.

    • Rachel July 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Bullcrap. You can’t arrest someone for being non-compliant and combative when there’s no legal reason to arrest and detain. You need to learn the law and quit taking up for the real wrong-doer in this scenario.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      I disagree shw was not being belligerent at all he asked her a question she told him he could have said I’m sorry about that mam are what ever he went in from asking her a question instead of just giving her a ticket. Asking her to put out her cigarette which she didn’t have too she was in her vehicle I have did that several times in front of an officer . Why did she have to get out the car ? With no explanation? Really please what video did you watch ?

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Molly Henderson, if you read his police report he states that he arrested her for assault for kicking him; which means at the point that he yanks her out of her car and tells her that she’s under arrest, he had no just cause for arresting her. That is why he wouldn’t answer her when she was asking him why she was under arrest, because she shouldn’t have been under arrest at that point. I wonder is we just start ‘doing what they tell us’, even when the requests are irrational and in this case not even legal, when does it end?

    • Jules July 24, 2015 at 11:58 pm

      I give up- who is Rhonda Fanning? Do you mean Sandra Bland? NOTHING she did was illegal. Did you read the article or is this just magical thinking on your part? He had a gun and a taser. She had a cigarette. If only she realized the degree to which she was in danger by an unprofessional, poorly trained trooper.

    • Jerry g July 25, 2015 at 12:58 am

      Bucking at everything he says? Concerned for his safety? What exactly leads you to believe he was unsafe? Cause she was black? I didn’t see her curse until he put the tazer to her face and dragged her out the car for smoking a cigarette in her car. Afraid she would gun it?? Are you on the same drugs he was??? He was giving her a warning, why would she gun it??? It was a failure to signal aledgelly not a warrant of arrest. You are weird.

  • Okay July 23, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    If it was me being stopped I would have let it run its course and then sued the hell out of them using their own tapes as evidence.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 8:51 am

      I totally agree. I am white, and if a cop stopped me I would be 100% compliant unless I believed he was going to harm, rape me.

  • Chardonnay July 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I am a blonde big chested white woman. What happened to Miss Bland is murder. I am tired of seeing my brothers and sisters (as regardless of skin color, we are ALL human) being mudered. I’m tired of the murders being covered up.

    It breaks my heart to know that this amazing woman, who youtubed a video on how to act around the police, was a victim in the same situation she tried to avoid.

    I am heart broken for her family and I am disgusted by people who see this as anything but a hate crime.

    I would love to get in touch with her family and help them fight. Her life will not be lost in vain. Sandra Bland is a martyr. She is going down in history. They had no right to take her precious life away.

    I am disgusted by people who think the way that officer thinks. It makes me cry. I am so so heartbroken. I don’t know her but I wish I could bring her back. I wish I could tell her to be 5 minutes late to her job interview. I wish I could have known what an amazing woman she was before she was killed. Unfortunately, I’ve come to know this woman because of her death.

    I can only hope and pray this woman and her family get justice. That people are imprisoned for life for what they did to her. She needs to rest in peace.

    • LTarango July 24, 2015 at 9:01 am

      So what does your blond hair and big chest have to do with this article or your comment for that matter?

  • Rachel Sherrin-Peterson July 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I’m tired of this being a black vs white issue. This is a human rights issue! We all need to band together and fight against injustice. I’ve been treated just as badly by a white cop as a black cop. Stop making what happened about race! Please!

  • Chuck Kinsey July 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    This grieves me beyond words. I am angry to the point of nausea. As a white conservative I am beyond embarrassed. I despair for the country I served honorably for 6 years in the Nsvy. I did not serve to allow megalomaniac police officers to abuse fellow citizens. Nor did I serve expecting a black president to ignore the mistreatment of my black brothers and sisters only to focus on illegal aliens and homosexuals. This makes me sick.

  • Irene Teegarden July 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Hearing this is infuriating. I feel terrible for that poor lady. That officer should be dismissed from the force .

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      He racially profiled her and he is a racist cop

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Yes I agree, dismissed, but also charged with criminal conduct, put on trial and in jail for his part in unlawful conduct which led to her death.

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 5:07 am

      I toatally agree he should be sacked

  • Aji July 23, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I’m left confused. CNN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney Danny Cevallos tells a different story – http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/opinions/cevallos-sandra-bland-traffic-stop/index.html

  • Lisa Lormand July 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Agreeing with some of the points made by Anonymous. Officer did immediately give reason for arresting her progress as the unsafe lane change. Isn’t the lit cigarette a safety
    issue just like operating the phone? An officer told me since,9/11, they can be weaponized, used to strike, or call people who could put officers lives at risk.

    • Me July 23, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Every point made in this story is 10,000% true!!! Your not correct!!! This officer is out of control!! I hope he looses every single thing he has!!!

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Actually, the officer gave his reason for the traffic stop not for placing her under arrest. If you read of listen to the transcripts of the phone call he made to his supervisor right after he wasn’t even sure what to charge her with. After she was placed in the car he informed her she was being arrested for resisting arrest. At which time he called the supervisor and told a very…different…version of events and expressed his uncertainty of charging her with resisting or assault (for allegedly kicking him. Ultimately she was booked and charged with felony assault.

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      I’m sorry, an illegal lane change is NOT an arrest able offense. He gave NO valid reason for her to be arrested. If he had never touched her, (which he obviously shouldn’t have), there would never have been any physical contact.

    • Aretha July 23, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      How is a lit cig a safety procedure she was in her car, then there would be a lot more arrests for safety violation. He told her she was under arrest after pulling her out of vechile. Any officer has to give a reason to ask you out of your vechile.

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      He never gave a reason for arresting her because she had broke no law. This officer was clearly on a power trip. The streets are not safe with a state trooper who exhibits this sort of behavior.

    • Nat July 24, 2015 at 1:16 am

      Who was really at risk? The woman is DEAD! Can we stop trying to justify unwarranted violence toward our fellow citizens? Why should she be MURDERED for legally having the right to have a cigarette?

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 3:24 am

      Seriously, a lit cigarette can be weaponized… you can’t arrest someone for a lane change… you give a ticket… come on guy!

    • k. Byron Smith July 24, 2015 at 6:11 am

      No, a lot cigarette isn’ta safety violation and in the few minor run ins I have had personally with police, where they asked for whatever reason that I step out of my vehicle and wait in their car while they searched mine, I was asked if I wanted to smoke a cigarette or anything like that while the officer ran my info or waited for backup. On other occasions, I’ve been told to please put out my cigarette and responded with I’d rather not which pissed him off to be sure but there was really nothing he could do because smoking in your personal vehicle, whether driving or sitting in a parking lot isn’t a violation of the law unless otherwise posted. Keep in mind that smoking, while certainly bad for your health is perfectly legal in all 50 states, provided you are of legal age.

  • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    The minute you are pulled over you are under arrest….you sign a ticket as a promise to appear so not to be taken to jail at that time…who wrote this crap?’

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Are you for real? Most traffic tickets aren’t even criminal, and you only have to go to court to contest it.

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      She wasn’t under arrest because it was a warning, not a ticket. She should have been free to go once he decided not to issue a ticket…but he didn’t tell her it was a warning until after he put her in handcuffs.

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      What??? You seriously believe that? So police can pull citizens over at will and they are then under arrest for what…getting pulled over? Geez

    • Ray July 24, 2015 at 1:32 am

      That’s very untrue. One isn’t automatically under arrest when they are stopped by a police officer.

  • Greg July 23, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Much of what this article states is incorrect. The video shows him stopping another driver before Bland and giving that driver a warning. He was only going to give a warning to Bland as well. She wasn’t picked out unjustly. Secondly, when a police officer tells you to step out of car, you have to do it. The officer does not need probable cause or any reason to order your out of the vehicle. The U.S. Supreme Court decided many years ago, in a case called Pennsylvania v. Mimms, that an officer may order someone who he has stopped for a traffic violation to get out of the car. Refusing can get you arrested. It is a serious mistake to believe you are protecting your rights by resisting arrest.

    • Me July 23, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      I think y’all need to read upon your law school rights!!!

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Pennsylvania v. Mimms wasnt about whether the officer could order someone out of their car against their will, it was about the subsequent search of the person. Further, the case is different because the Court cited removing from a vehicle was a standard practice. I’ve been pulled over quite a bit for speeding. I’ve been ordered out of the car once, and that was because the trooper wanted to know how I kept getting so many warnings to which I explained I fight every traffic ticket. Point is, pulling someone out of a car isn’t standard practice in Texas. There would have to be a reasonabe reason.

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Actually the officer does need probable cause or a threat to safety to ask you to step out of the car. In the SCOTUS case you cited you failed to mention that the officer observed a bulge in the suspects pants that he thought to be a weapon so he asked the suspect to step out of the car to search him. An officer cannot simply ask you to step out of the car because you are annoying him.

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Actually, in Texas, a female does not have to exit the vehicle at the request of a male officer. She is allowed to remain in the vehicle until a female officer is on the scene…

    • Patricia July 23, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      You could not be more wrong about probable cause. Please do not mislead, it’s vital for people to know their rights. See:http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/07/22/3683281/supreme-court-say-sandra-blands-arrest/

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 12:01 am

      You do not know what you are talking about. Unless you are posing harm to the officer or yourself they have no reason to ask you to get out of the car during a routine traffic stop. Even when you are asked to step out of the car for sobriety test officers are to call for back up. You can goggle all the courts cases you want but unless you work in a law office as I have for the last five years keep your uneducated post to yourself. There was no legal search going on, Ms. Bland did not have to get out of her car because this officer has authority issues

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 3:28 am

      Ms Bland did not escalate this situation. The officer did… who is really ready to throw a pert when getting a ticket. He asked her repeatedly. .what’s wrong… “nunion bro” not your concern, just issue the ticket and move on… he had no right to ask her to put out her cigarette… because he already had the ticket, issue it and leave if the smoke bothers you… that is where he was clearly bucking for trouble…

    • Lucy July 24, 2015 at 6:23 am

      How exactly do you know what the officer intended to do?

    • marie July 25, 2015 at 5:31 am

      Then he probably should have asked her to step out of the car before having her sign her ticket…like when he initially pulled her over

  • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Shame on him. I know a LOT of amazing officers…this guy is COMPLETELY out of line and should be charged with excessive force, threatening and physical harm. The jailer needs to also be charged … This is a good ole boy cover up and should NOT be dismissed.

  • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    He should be charged with murder because he killed her. She was dead when they took her mugshot because you shouldn’t be able to see up her nose. Also you have to stand a foot away from the wall. The police department is lying for that officers. It’s sad to be treated like that. God will punish him. I hope she haunt him till the day he die. That’s all I have to say.

    • Sydney July 24, 2015 at 12:22 am

      Did you read anything about what happened or just seen people mad and wanted to join in? You probably only seen things on social media and believed everything you read. If you truely cared about what happened, you would read up on what actually happened. The officer did not kill her. She was not dead in her intitial mug shots. She was in jail for days before dying. You think the cop killed her and took her mug shot picture after and then days later called paramedics to help? If you read anything from what happened, you would know she was alive after all that and even called her family for days and even talk to another person in jail. You reason that she is dead and he murdered her is because you shouldn’t be able to see up her nose? Wow lol you sound real uninformed and kind of stupid. Please read about what happened before calling someone a murder and pretending you know about something you clearly don’t know about. If someone did kill her in there, it wasn’t that cop that arrested her.

    • Dell July 24, 2015 at 1:15 am

      That just isn’t possible, she saw a judge, and she called her family.

  • leigha July 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I dnt care if ur white or black or pockeddotted wrong is wrong n rght is rght where I live they pull u over for anything n arrest u for anything my town is crooked n prejudice so wat happened to ms Blane was wrongful doing done to her n justice system doesn’t really care anymore

  • Ulee380 July 23, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    The point is the cop exceeded his authority, so stop the quibbling to avoid the main point that the officer was just wrong. By the way, my sister is a retired cop and other members of my family still serve, so I know this cop was wrong.

    • Sydney July 24, 2015 at 12:24 am

      !!! The cops was completely wrong.

  • Ester July 23, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Why is it when blacks k,ow their rights we’re being smart assets, white people clown the police all the time but they don’t get killed or near.

    • pimpin321 July 23, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      I’ll bet you feel much better now talking about whites and blacks. When the issue isn’t even race. You are part of what’s wrong with the country.

    • Sydney July 24, 2015 at 12:26 am

      White people get killed by cops a lot more than blacks. So that is not true. How do white people clown the police all the time? Everyone should know their rights and handle the situation well so everyone is safe. If any cop is in the wrong, take the ticket and file a complaint after so nothing bad happens.

  • Quan July 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    It’s interesting how people always say you should know your rights. She seemed to know more about the law than he did and here we are

  • Lisa July 23, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Here is sit in a country a long way away, reading about this.. all it shows me is that not many care. That racism is alive and well in the USA and that the police seem to be able to do whatever they like when they like. I have watched the video’s of police brutality and how back up officers can help! I wouldnt want to get out of my car either to be further abused and beaten. Who says compliance makes you safe.. I am disgusted by some of the responses here and find it easy to say that I used to think a holiday in your country would be good.. not any more.. why would I want to come and spend one cent in holiday money from which taxes are paid which then goes back into paying these brutalists.. I realize that not all police are the same.. but where are they in judging their peers when shyt goes down.. I feel sorry for this woman and her family and the many others this happens to.

  • Belinda Shotwell July 23, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    All I have to say is I don’t understand why is this man not fired? They’re racist that’s it that’s all that wouldn’t have happened to a white woman in Texas!! Them irty motherfuckers!

  • Jeremy July 23, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    As a white male and 37 years of age and having had interactions with the police many times since I was 16 I can honestly say the best response, within reason, is to do as the officer asks and not make things confrontational. There are good cops and bad cops but the fact is if you cooperate and do as the officer says they will have no reason, rightly perceived or not to hurt you. Many times just cooperating and being honest with the officer will lead to them giving you a warning and sending you on your way. They don’t want to do paperwork if they don’t feel they have to. As the article states, if the officer does something to violate your rights let the court decide that later on. Keep your personality in check and you’ll have a lot less problems. I’m not saying this to defend the actions of the officer either, its just a simple case of self preservation. Your rights are of little consequence if you end up dead. Make sure you don’t give them a reason for anything to ever escalate.

    • Lani July 23, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      If I’m not mistaken he asked her a question and she answered all of them from the are you ok to why are you irritated so how is that not cooperating?#2 she was in her car why can’t she smoke in HER CAR if it was such a big deal why wasn’t that the first thing he asked her to do he only asked after she answered why she was irritated and the reason she pulled over, which as disgusting as it is every excuse for a smoker is it calms them down it’s relaxing so why tell her to put it out if your trying to calm the situation bingo! he wasn’t he felt because she knew her rights she was being disrespectful. He wanted to see who’s dick was bigger and she showed him hers was so then he got pissy

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      What if ue had attempted to rape or assauly her?

      • Priest Apostate July 24, 2015 at 4:18 am

        Apparently, the logic is to just let the nice officer do what they wanted – oh, and, don’t mouth off while they are assaulting you…

    • J Lewter July 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Please YouTube video of pizza delivery man in SC shot for complying. This is why we scream racism. Too often compliance still gets you harassed and often beaten our abused. We dont make this up. As a white male I am certain you get treated much better than most. I am well mannered too. I’ve had good experiences and bad ones. But the fear and often the insults can push good people to snap. That is all.

    • So confused by your response July 23, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      As a white male Jeremy and at 37 years old if your aren’t trying to defend the officers actions why write a paragraph about how citizens should act when having an interaction w the police? She didn’t say anything rude. It’s clear, was there a small challenged of authority.. No it was a woman who knew her rights and a cop who was unpleasantly surprised by that. He should be fired and charged with assault. And you should be ashamed of your self for trying to conceal the fact that you don’t wholeheartedly think this cop was incorrect… I know you don’t because you tried to mask on the basis of “I’m not saying he was right but…” Giving out unwanted and unnecessary etiquette advice on police brutality in a forum based on the cover up of a murder that stemmed from police brutality… Not the best idea buddy.

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      I totally agree with you do what is asked of you and deal with it at a later time if you feel like you been wronged by that officer

    • Anonymous July 23, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      I soooooo agree with u!!! Since we do have the knowledge to know that there are good and dirty cops…its best to use the BEST judgement and do what your told and take up the rest before a judge!! Did things turn out right…no..but man it may have come out a different way if we can just sometimes hold our tongues!!! Wisdom says there’s a time to talk and a time to keep silence!! Trust me…it doesnt make u a wimp!!! It shows maturity!!!

    • Anonymous July 24, 2015 at 12:06 am

      And what reason did she give for the situation to escalate? Clearly you did not watch the same video the rest of us did. The officer escalated the situation. What the hell did the cigarette have to do with the traffic stop & how was it hurting the officer?

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