SAY HER NAME: SANDRA BLAND
Life: February 7, 1987 - July 13, 2015 (Age: 28)
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Leaves behind: Mother, Geneva Reed-Veal and sister, Sharon Cooper
Location of Death: Walker County, Texas Jail
A Little Something About Sandra:
Sandra Bland was born on February 7, 1987 just outside of Chicago. After high school she moved to Texas where she graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 2009 with a degree in Agriculture. Sandra was also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. She was known by many as a Civil Rights activist and many videos and posts have surfaced of her giving many wonderful speeches including one post where she was quoted saying:
"In the news that we've seen as of late,
you could stand there, surrender
to the cops, and still be killed."
Unfortunately, Sandra Bland was eerily foreshadowing her own death. On July 10, 2015 Sandra Bland was pulled over by Officer Brian Encinia. After a heated argument and not giving Ms. Bland the reason for why he was asking her to step out of her vehicle (as she repeatedly asked), Officer Encinia proceeds to arrest Ms. Bland for failure to use her signal when changing lanes. An inmate in the cell next to Sandra Bland stated that she was highly emotional and crying a lot during her 3 day incarceration. She also stated that she never heard any signs of struggle in Sandra’s cell. Just a short three days after her arrest, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell on July 13, 2015. The cause of death was deemed a suicide since the scene showed that Sandra Bland hung herself with a plastic bag. No arrests were made.
What happened to Sandra Bland is a tragic and heartbreaking story. One that many believe should be reinvestigated. Today we are remembering her story and saying her name. There have been way too many incidents where Americans, BLACK AMERICANS, are mysteriously and “randomly” losing their lives while in police custody or incarcerated.
WATCH HER MOVIE ON HBO: https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/say-her-name-the-life-and-death-of-sandra-bland
How Can You Help?
SIGN THE PETITION TO REOPEN HER CASE: https://www.change.org/p/texas-governor-i-want-sandra-bland-s-case-reopened
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