Target: United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Goal: Investigate the alleged assault by police of Sandra Bland who was later found dead in her jail cell.
A woman was found dead in her jail cell after experiencing some alleged unnecessary police brutality for a minor traffic infraction. Last Friday, a Texas police officer pulled over Sandra Bland for allegedly not using her turn signal when changing lanes. Police reportedly ripped Sandra out of her vehicle and threw her to the ground. According to Bland’s close friend, police “pulled her out of the car, forced her and tossed her to the ground, knee to the neck.”
A video of the arrest shows Bland shouting and protesting that the officer slammed her head against the ground. Soon after, she was arrested and charged with assault. She was then taken to Waller County Jail. She passed away 72 hours later.
Police are claiming that the reason Sandra died was due to her committing suicide. However, her friends and family do not believe this is the case. The head sheriff of Waller County, Texas, where the 28-year-old was allegedly found asphyxiated, was fired from his position as a police chief in 2008 due to allegations of racism. Additionally, in 2007 he was suspended for two weeks from as job as a police chief after the City Council saw videos and heard “allegations of racism from local residents against him and four officers.” He was fired the following year.
Sandra Bland deserves justice. She was a leader who was vocal on race issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement and her death should not be forgotten. An investigation needs to be opened so that we can discover what truly happened to her. Sign this petition to demand that U.S. Attorney General investigate Bland’s death as well as the Waller County Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Dear U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch,
I am writing this letter to urge you to investigate the death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland. Last week, she was pulled over for allegedly failing to signal that she was changing lanes. She was then reportedly pulled from her car and thrown to the ground. A civilian recorded the incident in which it is possible to hear Bland yelling: “You just slammed my head to the ground. Do you even care about that?”
Shortly after, she was arrested for assaulting a public officer. She was taken to the county jail and died 72 hours later of asphyxiation. Police have said Bland committed suicide but her family does not believe this is the case. The head sheriff of Waller County has been suspended and fired numerous times from different positions as police chief due to allegations of racism. What is being told about Bland’s death may not be the truth.
She was denied justice at the time of her arrest but it is not too late. I strongly urge you to open an investigation so that Bland can finally have the justice she deserves and her family can have some peace.
[Your Name Here]
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