Success: Investigation Opened for Woman Found Dead in Police Custody


Target: Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis

Goal: Commend Texas District Attorney for opening an investigation into the death of Sandra Bland.

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis answered the voices of those protesting against the ruling for Sandra Bland’s cause of death and is heading an open investigation into Bland’s death with a team of outside attorneys. The team is looking at evidence as it comes in, and the FBI is also involved with the investigation.

The news of Sandra Bland’s death while in police custody was widely circulated through public media in the United States. Sandra Bland was reportedly discovered hanging in her prison cell 72 hours after getting arrested. Although her death was ruled as a suicide by the Waller County police, Bland’s family and numerous supporters do not believe that Bland committed suicide and want an investigation conducted. An investigation by a committee of outside lawyers, with FBI involvement, is currently being conducted.

Sandra Bland was an avid civil rights activist and a part of the Black Lives Matter campaign. She passionately worked toward ending police brutality against black people. Bland’s friends and family do not believe that Sandra would hang herself in the jail cell and believe the Waller County police discriminated against her because she was black.

As this previous ForceChange petition outlines, the Waller County head sheriff was suspended and fired many times in the past due to allegations of racism. Many believe that racism may have had a role in Sandra’s case as well as in her initial arrest, and with her death 72 hours after the arrest.

The public demanded an investigation into Sandra Bland’s death and an open investigation is now underway. The true cause of Bland’s death must be properly investigated, and Attorney Elton Mathis heard the public’s voice. Please sign the petition below to thank Mathis for his initiative to investigate Bland’s death. Sandra Bland and her family deserve justice through knowing the true cause of her death.


Dear Elton Mathis,

The news of Sandra Bland’s death has been widely circulating the national news, and numerous voices demanding an investigation into her death were raised. Thank you for listening to the voice of the people demanding justice for Bland.

Thanks to your efforts in initiating an independent investigation for the cause of Sandra Bland’s death, Bland’s family will know for sure the exact cause of her death. The cause of death stated by the Waller County police may not be true. Sandra Bland was treated cruelly by the cop that stopped her initially for a minor traffic offense, and she deserves justice by having an investigation conducted into the cause of her death.


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