No charges in Sandra Bland jailhouse death

A grand jury has decided not to indict anyone in the jailhouse death of Sandra Bland. Prosecutors say the grand jury will reconvene to discuss whether or not to charge the officer who arrested Bland before she was found dead in her Texas jail cell. VPC

Sandra Bland (Photo: Bland family via AP)

A Texas grand jury hearing evidence in the jailhouse death of Sandra Bland last July will not indict anyone in connection with the incident, a prosecutor in the case said late Monday.

The grand jury will reconvene in January to “take up remaining issues,” Darrell Jordan, one of the special prosecutors for the case, told The Washington Post. He said the grand jury decided not to indict anyone, including staff at the Waller County Jail, where Bland was held.

Jordan said the Waller County grand jury reached no decision on whether Brian Encinia, the white trooper who arrested the 28-year-old Bland, should face charges,The Chicago Tribune reported. The grand jury will return in January to consider that issue.

Bland was found dead in her cell at the Waller County Jail on July 13. A medical examiner determined that she hanged herself and ruled her death a suicide. Her relatives and supporters dispute that finding.

During a news conference in Chicago on Monday, Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, said, “Now we’re going to go through Christmas now and Sandy’s not here. And more than that, we still have no answers as far as I’m concerned.”

Geneva Reed-Veal, left, and Sharon Cooper, center, the mother and sister of Sandra Bland, listen to attorney Larry Rogers Jr., right, explain concerns about the Texas grand jury’s role in the death of Naperville, Ill., resident Sandra Bland Dec. 21, 2015, in Chicago. (Photo: AP)

Source: USA Today

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