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Sandra Bland’s family has filed a lawsuit against Texas Trooper Brian Encina “and others responsible for the death of Sandra Bland,” according to a press release from Bland’s family attorney.

Encinia arrested Bland on July 10 in Waller County. She was later found dead in a jail cell in Hempstead on July 13. Officials say she used a plastic bag to hang herself.

Bland’s family do not believe that Sandra committed suicide, but that a cover-up is happening. Currently, Encina is on desk duty for violating procedures during the stop.

Jail officials allege that Bland told jailers she had previously attempted suicide but jail staff said she seemed fine when she came in. While in jail Bland made phone calls to friends, expressing how she couldn’t believe a stop turned into her arrest.

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