The Texas trooper involved in the arrest of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in her cell days later, was put on desk duty for alleged violations of Department of Public Safety rules.
The agency said in a statement that the officer who stopped Bland’s car on July 10 in Prairie View, Texas was assigned to administrative duties after the DPS “identified violations of the department’s procedures regarding traffic stops and the department’s courtesy policy.”
Tom Vinger, a spokesman for the DPS, told the Associated Press that it is “still being determined which procedures the trooper allegedly violated.
The DPS statement also said the agency and the Waller County D.A. have asked the FBI to perform a “forensic analysis” of videos related to the case.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is reporting that authorities have spotted a number of violations of the department’s procedures and courtesy policy in dash cam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest by a state trooper on July 10 in Prairie View, Texas. Bland was stopped for an illegal lane change and somehow wound up dead hours after attempting to post bail at the Waller County jail.
The deputy involved in her arrest has been assigned to administrative duties while an investigation is being carried out. Bland was arrested on Friday for allegedly assaulting a police officer, but bystander video shows her telling officers that she is in pain and cannot hear after a male arresting officer is seen slamming her head on the ground.
Officials are claiming that Bland committed suicide, but family and friends do no believe she would have taken her own life as she was in Texas to start a new job at her alma mater. In a press conference, Bland’s sister Sharon stated, “Based on the Sandy I know, that’s unfathomable to me.”
When Bland spoke to her family from jail, she reported that she believed her arm had been broken by police. She had previously spoken out about police brutality and the deaths of Black people at the hands of police. In one video, she states, “What I need you guys to understand is that being a Black person in America is very, very hard.”