Brian Encinia: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Brian Encinia. (LinkedIn)

Trooper Brian Encinia, the officer who stopped 28-year-old Sandra Bland on July 10, 2015, in Waller County, Texas, for failing to properly signal a lane change, has been indicted on a perjury charge.

Encinia was indicted January 6, 2016, the Houston Chronicle reports. The 30-year-old has been fired. He is charged with a class A misdemeanor, which carries a possible sentence of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

After Encinia arrested Bland on a charge of assaulting a police officer, Bland was held in the county jail until the morning of July 13, 2015, when she was found dead in her cell. Authorities say Bland killed herself, but her family and friends said they didn’t think she would do that. She was about to start her dream job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M, and had just moved from Illinois to Texas to do so.

Bland’s family has filed a federal lawsuit against Encinia, the state Department of Public Safety, Waller County and two jail officials.

Here’s what you need to know about Encinia and the arrest:


1. He Threatened to ‘Light Up’ Bland With a Taser for Not Getting Out of Her Car

Dashcam video (watch it above) released by the Texas Department of Public Safety on July 21, shows the traffic stop and arrest of Bland by Trooper Brian Encinia.

The nearly hourlong video starts with the end of an unrelated traffic stop. Then, Encinia makes a U-turn and ends up behind Bland. Her car can be seen in the left-hand lane of two lanes as Encinia’s patrol car approaches her. Bland then moves from the left lane into the right lane, and Encinia pulls her over.

Encinia approaches the vehicle and says to Bland, “Hello mam,” to which she replies “hi.” He says, “the reason for your stop is you failed to signal a lane change, got your driver’s license and insurance with you?” and then asks her, “what’s wrong?”

After a few seconds of silence, he asks her, “how long have you been in Texas?” and she replies she got there yesterday. He then returns to his car after asking her to “give him a few minutes.”

Encinia then exits his his vehicle and approaches the driver’s side door of Bland’s car. He asks her “you OK?” and she replies “I’m waiting on you, this is your job.” Encinia then says, “you seem very irritated,” and Bland replies, “I am, I really I am. I don’t know what I’m getting a ticket for, you were speeding up, tailing me, I move over and you stop me. So, yeah I am a little irritated, but that doesn’t stop you from giving me a ticket, so give me a ticket.”

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Brian Encinia talks to Sandra Bland during the traffic stop.

Encinia says, “are you done?” and Bland replies, “you asked me what was wrong and I told you, so now I’m done yeah.” He then asks her to put out her cigarette and she replies, “I’m in my car, why do I have to put out my cigarette.” He then says, “well you can step out of the car now,” and Bland replies, “I don’t have to step out.” He, more forcefully, says, “step out of the car,” and then opens her door, repeating, “step out of the car.”

Bland asks, “I’m getting removed for a failure to signal?” He replies, “I’m giving you a lawful order,” and after she says she’s going to call her lawyer, he says “I’m going to yank you out of here.” Bland says, “Oh, you’re going to yank me out of my car, OK.” As they continue to back and forth, he calls for backup and then yells at her as she asks what she’s being arrested for, “Get out of the car!” and pulls what appears to be his Taser out, saying “I will light you up.” She then exits the vehicle, still talking to him as she walks away.

They then move out of camera range, and continue to argue. She is holding her phone and he yells at her repeatedly to put her phone down. They continue to argue, and a struggle ensues.

As she is being taken into custody, Bland says, “I cannot wait til we get to court.”

A bystander’s video (watch it above) of the arrest was previously posted onto YouTube. It shows several police officers standing over Bland while she is on the ground, arguing with them about why they’re being so rough. At one point, she can be heard saying, “You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that?” She also thanks the man recording the incident for filming as she is led to a police cruiser.


2. He Says Bland Was ‘Combative’ During the Arrest

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Trooper Brian Encinia opened the door to the car and threatened to yank Bland out.

In the police report, Encinia says Bland was “combative and uncooperative” after he stopped her Hyundai Azera with Illinois plates at about 4:30 p.m. Encinia says he made “numerous commands” that Bland exit the vehicle to”further conduct a safe traffic investigation. Bland was removed from the car but became more combative. Bland was placed in handcuffs for officer safety. Bland began swinging her elbows at me and then kicked my right leg in the shine.”

Encinia said he suffered pain in his right leg and small cuts on his right hand. He said “force was used to subdue Bland to the ground to which Bland continued to fight.”

The dashcam video also recorded a phone conversation Encinia had with a supervisor.

“I tried to de-escalate her, and it wasn’t working at all,” Encinia says. “I put the Taser away, I tried talking to her, trying to calm her down, and that was not working. … I’m trying to get her detained … just calm her down, saying’stop throwing your arms,’ what not. She never swung at me, (she was) just flailing, stomping around. And that’s enough, that’s when I detained her.”


3. A Preliminary Investigation Found Encinia Violated Traffic Stop & Courtesy Protocols

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Sandra Bland is led from her vehicle by Trooper Brian Encinia, who is pointing a Taser at her.

Trooper Brian Encinia, has been put on administrative leave after a preliminary investigation found he violated the Texas Department of Public Safety’s traffic stop and courtesy procedures during the stop, which was for an improper lane change.

“Regardless of the situation, the DPS state trooper has an obligation to exhibit professionalism and be courteous,” DPS Director Steve McCraw told the Washington Post. “That did not happen in this situation.”

After watching the dashcam video, Texas State Senator Royce West said at a press conference that it’s clear she never should have been arrested.


4. He Became a State Trooper in January 2014

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Encinia in a photo from his time at Texas A&M. (Twitter)

Encinia, 30, became a state trooper with the Department of Public Safety in January 2014, according to the Dallas Morning News.

He is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He previously worked at Blue Bell Creameries and was a district chief of the Brenham Fire Department, according to his now-deleted LinkedIn profile.

He was an ingredient processing supervisor at Blue Bell from 2008 until 2014, and previously was a volunteer chief in the Brenham Fire Department from 2009 to 2013. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2008 with a degree in agricultural leadership and development, the same year Bland graduated from Prairie View A&M.

“He was an excellent firefighter,” Brenham Fire Chief Ricky Boeker told the Wall Street Journal. “He was well liked, and we did not have any issues with him.”


5. No Jail Staff Were Indicted in Connection With Bland’s Death

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Sandra Bland. (Facebook)

The Waller County District Attorney investigated Bland’s deaths a homicide, though he still said all indications point to it being a suicide.

He presented evidence to a grand jury, which declined to indict jail staff on any charges iN December.

The county Sheriff’s Office says that Bland was found in her cell Monday morning, three days after her arrest. She was “not breathing from what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. Police say the officer who found her started CPR, and EMS was called. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy found her cause of death to be suicide by hanging.

Officials said Bland used a trash bag to hang herself from a partition separating the bed area and the bathroom, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The district attorney says he had no information to suspect foul play. Officials also said video footage did not show anyone entering the cell. Waller County officials released the video from inside the jail, showing the outside of her cell prior to her death. Watch that video below:

She had last been seen by guards at 7 a.m., and she talked to them by intercom at 8 a.m. when she was given breakfast.

The jail has been cited by the Texas Jail Commission for failing to properly monitor Bland.

The case was investigated by the Texas Rangers and the FBI assisted.

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336 Comments

Anonymous

Hes not white, he is Latino. Every single person involved, including people at the jail were Latino and black. All you morons with Black Lives Matter need to research before making those claims. The cop was a power tripping dick, that happens to white people too.

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Idiot Cracker

How do you know he’s Latino? He’s obviously physically, practically and functionally white. Just FYI, a person can be Hispanic and white, you deflecting moron. Now get back in your hood and continue fellating your cousin.

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cinds

No such thing as Hispanic and white, I don’t care how white your skin is or how blue your eyes are, You are Hispanic or you are white……You don’t identify a light skinned black person with blue eyes as white so why are you doing this to a Hispanic with blue eyes…..get over it, you maybe Hispanic and desperately want to separate yourself from your race….but it is what it is….and I have said this before …..the whiteman is taking the flak for what racist Hispanics are doing and there are quite a lot of Hispanics who are unbelievably racist and that to me is equally disgusting

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Jason

Your comment is truly one of the stupidest comments on the thread, that I have to educate you. This cop is WHITE. Hispanics can be WHITE, like from Spain or Argentina, and they can be black like Panama, or DR. However, most Hispanics fall in the mix of white, indigenous and African blood. Geraldo, Ricky Martin and Ted Cruz for example, are WHITE Hispanics. Is Tom Cruz hispanic? You are just a confused American and you don’t have a clue what your talking about. And putting off this country’s satanic long standing history of police abuse and misconduct off onto Hispanics is just, wow.

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joe

Ted Cruz father is Hispanic and white – as well as nutcase. Which is why Ted is so white. There are lots of Dominicans who are black and also Hispanic (e.g. Zoe Saldana and all those Dominican baseball players). You go to Peru and will find thousands of Japanese descent Peruvians who feel as Latino as anyone, even though they look Asian. And then take a look at blonde blue-eyed people in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, all over South America and even up in Mexico who are very Hispanic in their identity, even though they are whiter than many people who identify as “white” in this country. The fact is that Latin Americans (ie. Latinos/Hispanics) can be of many backgrounds…that is just the history of the continent. Latino/Hispanic has to do with a culture, not a race. The fact you don’t accept that does not make it any less true…it only makes you more ignorant and exposes how little you know of the rest of the world.

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Trent Gamble

Well said Joe and you obviously was doing your homework aswell using common sense.

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Anonymous

The name Encinia is from northern Spain. People from Spain are light skinned with blue eyes. They speak a completely different dialect of Spanish. It is the equivalent of. Queens English to our Texan .

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Dakem Roberts

Somebody tell these folks Spain is in Europe! The first europeans to invade the americas were from where? To me race is not the issue, as you are correct most of the pigs there are Black and hispanic, the issue is state oppression. House negroes have always done the masters bidding!

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Anonymous

If a white American missionary and his wife go to Mexico and have a child there, the child will not be white, right?

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Trustcompany Atlanta

So let me get this straight… Barrack H. Obama is 50% white but BLM says that if he has one drop of black in him then he’s black. On the other hand, George Zimmerman was 3/4 hispanic and 1/4 white, but BLM says that if he has one drop of white in him, then he’s white. Make’s sense that Officer Incinia is white because he doesn’t speak with a mexican accent.

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joe

When are you morons going to understand that Latino or Hispanic is not a race, but an ethnic culture, people who share a connection to Latin America and to the Spanish language (Spain), regardless of “race” or skin color. Jusdging by his name, Encinia is Hispanic and he is also white. Just as he could be Hispanic and Black, or Hispanic and Asian. If only you bothered to learn more about Latin America and understand that it has been formed by people of various immigrant backgrounds as well as native. You morons with little knowledge of what lies beyond the border would be surprised to find all thos people in Latin America with blonde hair or blue eyes, as well as people who are as dark as any African American, and even in some countries, people of Japanese or Chinese background, but who totally identify as Latin American. If you knew some history, you would understand why the Latin population can be of any background, although more often a mixture of white Spanish and.or other European and indigenous people, as well as (in some countries) people of African and Asian ancestry. So maybe this cop doesn’t fit your stereotype of a dark Latino… maybe he’s too white, but that doesn’t make him less Hispanic…and it sure doesn’t make y’all less ignorant.

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Ibrahim

They will never understand because ignorance is bliss. American culture is fundamentally anti-intellect/logic.

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BB

Black, white, tan, yellow, green or pink? The fact is we are a human beings and as soon as you idiots stop looking at color the faster we will come together and join as one. A drop of rain is just a drop of rain until it collects then turns into a raging river!
ALL LIVES MATTER!
I see a woman who is no longer with us due to an uneducated egotistical bully with a badge acting like a child, nothing more! Sorry if I have offended I do not mean to. May her family find comfort knowing many support their cause.

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Jennie

“Black Lives Matter” is trying to say what you’re saying: that all lives matter equally. You’re just missing the (many) ways in which our country is not standing by this principle. When you say “All Lives Matter,” you’re drawing attention away from a movement that would help push the country toward the version of itself where all lives actually do matter. In other words, when you say “All Lives Matter,” you are perpetuating toxic racism and in fact causing harm. Because when you do, you’re making it harder for the rest of the country to bring about positive change. You’re broadcasting to others that change isn’t necessary when it very much is.

Here’s the awesome thing. You can totally stop being an ignorant racist right now. This instant. You don’t even have to lift a finger. All you have to do is learn. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it is never a bad thing to learn. I love looking back at all the ways I’ve learned and grown into a better person. It takes courage and humility to acknowledge the ways we’ve been wrong or incorrect, but that’s nothing compared to the feeling of personal growth and betterment you have on the other side.

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Char Char Binks

Arrested for what, discourtesy? He wasn’t in the jail when she hanged herself.

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Prudence Goodword

The public has been shown two (2) videos, one where she was stopped and asked for her license, the other outside the police station where she is lying on the grass. When and why was the second cop called to assist?? What made two cops wrestle her to the ground outside the police station?? The Waller PD is COVERING UP things!!

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Michelle Haynes

Sandra thanks for taking a stand it matters thank you god is waiting for you

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Anonymous

What is clear, is that even in a lawless state like Texas, Brian Bland is not fit to be a police officer, His actions led to the death of an innocent person. Because he is a cop he has no conscience just business as usual.

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SammyD

On the one hand you morons cry about Texas being uptight with Laws, then on the other hand you call Texas lawless. You people are full of bull shiite. Y’all just want a race war and you want the Police out of your way. Sick, sick, sick minded people.

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Tw

Who the hell is Brian Bland??? Don’t ever put those names together again. Sick bastard.

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leola

when i google hempstead police dept i was surprise to see on the hempstead facebook of the pictures on the kkk rally in jasper texas after james byrds heinous as there cover page . when i went back several days later to show a family member they had remove the image of the picture of the kkk rally and put up two new pictures to show the company image with eagle picture and the other with two police cars in front of hempstead police . why was this image edit and you can see it was edit on july 20 2015 to protray a different image of hempstead police dept.

why are they saying another black activits died in the same jail in 2013 his name is james harper howell IV and he was white male . and the officer name is brian encinea not brian bland
why would they interview the alexandria pyle saying let focus on why sandra bland got here in the first place what kind of statement is that from a low life .

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SammyD

I call bull shiite. Use the wayback time machine at archive.org to prove your point.

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Just me

So she is just sitting in the car and the cop threatens to tazer her then when she is out of the car and gets combative he puts the tazer away?
Why don’t people trust cops any more?

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Henn

I hope his ass burn in hell with gasoline drawers on. Apparently this bitch wasn’t law enforcement material if he couldn’t handle the situation better than what he did. Piece of shit.

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SammyD

So none of you brilliant folks not see that Sandra Bland did, in fact, run the stop sign and failed to signal a turn. Does that not satisfy a proper reason to pull her over and issue a citation. You bet your arse it is. She clearly violated two driving laws, both moving violations. Why the Officer chose to tell her that it was for failure to signal a lane change, is uncertain.

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Anonymous

And he should’ve wrote her a ticket and kept it moving no excuse for his actions

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fredmatt

It’s a FACT?! Do you have video of her doing it ? Were you there and seen it ? Did you take pictures ? WHAT FACT DO YOU HAVE ?!!

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SammyD

Watch the full video that includes the red car from the previous stop. It is clear as day, irrefutable evidence. You can see the stop sign in the video as the Officer turns around. Stop watching the cleverly edited Liberal wanker media that is hell bent on a social agenda to start race riots. Good for news ratings and the Liberal agenda.

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Anonymous

She did run the stop sign. But it was on the university property. It may not be his jurisdiction or it may look like he was an overt racial profiler. The officer did many many things improperly. The reality is that this happens every day all day long . Her family and friends should have bailed her out of jail. You are as helpless as an infant. Her family should have gotten her the he’ll out

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Sher

I’m confused. What video did you watch, or what report did you read that said she ran a stop sign? He rode up behind her, she moved over, which is what most smart and experienced drivers do, if they’re in the left lane, especially when there is a police officer behind you. It’s not against the law to be sarcastic or rude to a police officer. She was a hot mess, but he was supposed to be the “trained professional” and he totally escalated the situation. It was obvious that he was too young and inexperienced to handle a situation like this. How you think you can go from working with dairy products to handling firearms and unruly people in a year is beyond me. I’ve worked in criminal defense and we’ve had situations like this so many times it would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. Police officers who THINK they know law (they don’t, they try to enforce what they think is law. That’s why we have LAWyers) and abuse their sense of power. They undermine those officers who ARE doing a good job. Serving and protecting. The citizens of Texas should be really pissed off. The State Troopers work for you. Your tax dollars pay their salaries. It’s unfortunate this young woman is dead, this officer, hopefully, will be forced to going back to butter and will have to live with this on his conscience for eternity.

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SammyD

Watch the full video that includes the red car from the previous stop. It is clear as day, irrefutable evidence. You can see the stop sign in the video as the Officer turns around. Stop watching the cleverly edited Liberal wanker media that is hell bent on a social agenda to start race riots. Good for news ratings and the Liberal agenda.

Texans are not pissed off. We support our Troopers. Long history of doing that back from the day of the Republic. Something you Yankee Liberals could never understand. And how can you go from working at Blue Bell to being a Trooper in a year? Easy, it is called training. How can a 17 year old go from graduating High school to working on ship or aircraft after 2 months of boot camp and 2-4 months of school? Training. Same as with Law Enforcement. Just as with the Military, the longer that you Server, the more experienced you are.

And before you trying to put racist slant on that, ask yourself this question. If Texas is a racist state and Waller County is full of nothing but White racists, then why would Bland move there to take a job away from the safe haven of Illinois? She did, after all, attend college right there in Waller County in a Historically Black University.

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Anonymous

I hate the way people assume training is the almighty answer to everything. It is not. Training needs basic, raw skill already present in someone to build on. You are either born with an ability to communicate well with people in high stress scenarios or you are not. Whomever declared this trooper “trained” and ready should be fired as they are dangerously clueless. The trooper is not only bad fit for the job and confused by his duties he is also a raging controller abusive to the core. Rather than being clueless about him his superiors likely know and do not care they are sending a train wreck to “protect and serve”. It is completely his fault through a combination of stupidity and rage that Sandra Bland ended up in that jail and his battery of her might have led to her death.

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Sadsadworld

And you’ve never broken the law or had a bad day. I’m white, I’d like to see that jobsworth behave like that in the UK and still have a job. As for people defending him. I’m sure in the states everyone claims to be religious. WTF. Gods children? All equal? Peace amongst neighbours? He’s nothing more than a terrorist and a bully. He’s there to protect the community. I didn’t see her with a firearm. If you want to argue my thoughts then get your arse to the UK and see how long you last there with your blind, brainwashed mentality.
Peace to all this holiday season. (Including those that don’t like what I have to say) I wish her mother all the strength she needs to put this scum where he belongs. It will be a long journey for her and she needs all the support she can get. Her daughter was fighting the evil that came her way. She may have lost her life, let it not be in vain. This is what the authorities want. For us to argue amongst ourselves. Open your eyes. Peace to all.

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Anonymous

This is the best comment I have read. I am from Texas and a UT Austin graduate. Both victims are college graduates–sad, sad, sad. The female victim was trying to improve this world

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Anonymous

Ran a stop sign and failed to signal a turn…where has there ever been a mention of a stop sign?! And a lane change is not a turn..you’d have been safer saying nothing!

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Anonymous

Watched this whole thing over and over again, wtf is going on with this Encinia douchebag, i can only hope he gets a major beatdown within an inch of his life and then allowed to heal, then given it over and over until his pitiful worthless life is over , maybe then he will feel the humiliation and pain he put this poor woman through. Just because he gets off on using his authority like the evil sob he really is

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Dakem Roberts

Did your brillant ass notice that the pig made a u-turn, was tracking her, and provoked the traffic violation; can you get your large brain comprehend the concept of “entrapment”?!?

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Anonymous

fuck you and all white cops if these texas cops pull me over and attempt to violate me im blowing their heads off

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Dr Charles Stone

Very bad cop! Should be fired & charged! A disgrace to police all over the globe.
A disgrace to humanity!
Jail him!
Dr C. Stone

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Rosa Harris

Did anyone notice how nice he was to the driver (who did not have proper insurance papers) before he apparently spotted a black motorist and did a u turn? She stated that he was driving very close behind her. Just hope he is getting good sleep at night knowing that if he had a different heart a young lady would be alive today.

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Anonymous

This Woman was MURDERED. Anybody that’s see’s different, just don’t want to believe the truth. She was harassed and arrested for NO good reason. He was power tripping, with his ROOKIE ass!!! EVERYBODY involved should face criminal charges. This is some B.S!!!! If he felt that he wasn’t breaking any laws, WHY did he not stay in front of the police car camera? their not on the car for decoration. To me, that spelsl guilty on his behalf. We tax payers are not paying for Police brutality!!!

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Queen of Humor

This is a sad account, an clearly shows that the officer in this situation had a God complex! He should be fired and not, put on some desk job where he is still getting paid while they do their BS investigating. That’s like rewarding him for bad behavior, WTF! I say this gets the Royal Flush treatment!

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james michalicek

Most traffic stops are every day business. You have made a mistake and the officer is doing his job. We are lucky to have them. Treat them with respect and that respect will be returned. I drive a lot and have not been stopped for over 35 years, it was for speeding, and I was. (He let me go). I don’t speed anymore. I’m not an attorney, but if I get pulled over, I will keep my doors locked and my window cracked. I have an attorney’s card on my visor and his # on speed dial and I will use it. If you are driving drunk, get out, spread ’em and kiss your ass good bye because you deserve everything that is going to happen to you. American highways are a wonder of the world, but they would be a hellhole without the Traffic cop.

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Anonymous

Brian Encinia should have kept his stupid mouth shut and just gave her the ticket and drove away.

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Anonymous

I’m angry so angry!! R.I.P sandra Bland. Tell you something while we wait devil brian’s arrest I hope that he has sleepless nights, I hope and pray that when he wakes up his scared to leave the house. I hope he gets haunted. Watching the video you can clearly hear from her cry that he was physically hurting because his evil. I feel to cry when I hear it, “sigh” seriously. What a Diabolical coward of an officer.

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Anonymous

I think its obvious the trooper made some mistakes during the stop and the situation was escalated as a result but the trooper did not kill this young lady three days later in her cell. Two separate incidents. And why was she still in jail 3 days later. How come these relatives and friends that are hollering foul play didn’t bail her out? But now they care because there might be wronful death lawsuit money coming out of this. And oh yea, if she was killed by a jailer, as some suggest, might it not be a black jailer? Oh I forgot, blacks don’t kill other blacks, or maybe we just don’t hear about it!

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justicepending

Sandra Bland did not get to the booking until after five p.m. that which was a Friday. It was then that she knew what her bail was and how much she needed in order to make bail.

The family shouldn’t be blamed because they were able to post bail soon enough. That is paramount to victimizing the family for what Sandra went through.

The blame lies with the officer. If not for his egregious behavior Sandra would not have been arrested and we would be having this discussion.

When a police officer treats a citizen with complete disregard for that person’s dignity and well being, that officer is, essentially, opening up the doors to a whole host of possible outcomes, including the person’s death.

Police officers are entrusted with the responsibility of protecting and serving the citizenry, not abusing the oath they took and harming someone.

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Gail

This officer should be fired, plain and simple. Placed on an administrative leave is a slap on the hand for what he did. If it is a paid leave, then, he gets to be on vacation-essentially. That is wrong. He needs to pay for stripping this young woman of her very basic right to be treated with dignity and respect. He treated her like she was trash.

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Jim M

According to voting records Encinia identifies as Hispanic. Typically, when writing about immigration and related topics, news organizations, notably the NY Times, treat this as a racial identity. However, reporting on this story, news organization simply say he’s white spinning the story as a black-white problem. I haven’t read anything further on Encinia’s roots, but Hispanics in Texas tend to have Mexican and Native American roots. My expectations of a reporting is that it be consistent and that isn’t happening. In one story the NY TImes actually published the picture of a white Sheriffs Deputy instead of a murdered Latino Sheriff’s detention officer — a very odd mistake or a blatant attempt to avoid acknowledging that a controversial Arizona sheriff has many Latino employees.

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Angela Coker Barr

Awesome write u. So sad to read this. It gives you time to think. Sandra was unique. There are lots of people who are not afraid to speak and ask questions like Sandra did in this stop. Even tho we could not see her away from the camera, she kept on talking and giving details of what was happening to her. We even heard the cop lying about the stop to someone over the phone. We all wished this could not have happen but it did. Sandra had a carefree spirit to live and ready to see justice done and she woulod not have hung herself like they say. This was the weekend and she had just told her sister on the cell phone she had gotten the job in Texas. Next thing, she is stop, arrested, and dead in three days. Come on people, can’t you see the cover up. She was getting ready to make a difference in Texas and these KKK did not want her there stirring up trouble with their good niggas. That negro lady cop was terrible!!! She is a cooning negro. She never try to calm Sandra down and asked her what was wrong. No she immediately took the cop side and started cooning. “You want me watch her massa, I’ll check her car massa cop.” I thought I was watching roots. This was murder at the highest level for Sandra. She was placed in that killer box and someone came in from the back and strangle her.

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Dolores Poerio

Sandra Bland ‘s story starts BEFORE a failure to signal ! In the dash cam video you clearly see Officer Encinia make a U turn. Why did he make a U turn? Ms. Bland is not speeding! (He would’ve already pulled her over for that!). He rides behind as if following her. Why? This can make anyone uncomfortable! So, she pulls over to move out of his way. She probably forgot to signal because he is already making her feel uncomfortable!
This is Officer Encinia’s fault! He should have never made a U turn !! He caused this and escalated it!! He abused his power. Many police officers are bullies!
What happened to Sandra Bland?

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amazed

dolores u have hit the bulls eye ! he was after her as soon as he saw her on the road. it also seems he was picketing the black university from where sandra exited. there could be more to the story than meets the eye. in a racist county you have this black university which can be sore in the eye for bigots like the county sherif ,brain and others they are faccading for.

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Anonymous

His Ass Needs to be in jail ! Wtf he was thinking but most cops do think just because they wear a badge they have power to treat people in such harsh ways !!

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Anonymous

I’m going to laugh when the cop walks away with nothing but a slap on his wrist for not being polite with a loud mouth thinks they know it all fool during the stop. I’m going to laugh even harder when that family of her’s whom left her locked up for 3 days doesn’t get one red cent. If they had acted like a real family, she wouldn’t have been in jail on that Monday morning. She could have been bailed out on Saturday.

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Brother Bro

That white boy should die by the hands of Aftican man he is a Bitch put him Jail For 1hour with My Brothers they take his life Fuck with Black man bitch that man that fuck your mother is the ass an your sister in the ass come fuck with us with your Bitch ass life will meet you soon with your Bitch Ass

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the responder

Encinia, you moron! What the hell you were enforcing? Do you have any sense for proportion? Did you push her to change the lane by tailgating and then pulled her over for not using a blinker? If yes, then you had used “inciter” and probably on purpose. The transcript of the dialogue indicates to me clearly that it was YOU who actually escalated the situation! Do you like being asked if you are OK twice or three times in a row? Would you not get upset if asked again and again what’s wrong with you by an armed and potentially hostile man? Did you have to get her to jail for exercising her right to smoke in her car while being pulled over? Why did you have the urge to ruin her life? What is wrong with you, you moron? You twisted aggressive fuck, degenerate moron with no sense of proportion! Is this what you learned at A&M? Are you happy now with the outcome of your policing? I wish you a very long and a very unhappy life full of guilt and suffering. I hope that the guilt will eventually bite you and drive you crazy. One day, you may be loitering, DUIing or publicly intoxicating and your fellow cops may beat shit out of you.

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Michael Kiser

he needs to be fired.. and investigated, his decision to jump on her over a cigarette deserves to get him fired.. it was about control and he probably has issues with women to begin with.. the whole thing makes me so mad. like watching a horror movie and yelling at the screen. she was a wonderful intelligent young lady still get a stab to the heart strings every time i watch a video and hear her voice talking about racism and other problems that people face. .seeing and hearing her voice, she will always feel like a relative or close friend. … such an awful thing to happen.

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Anonymous

You mean he wasn’t fired for lying about the stop? He gave this BS account of trying to de-escalate the situation when it was obvious he exacerbated the situation asking her stupid questions! The thing with the cigarette proves all; no right asking her to do anything due to a traffic stop, much less get out because he was ticked off! Loser; hope this haunts him for all time, but we know it won’t! Freakin’ idiots down there think this is all about nothing! It was obviously her fault so they’re done with it! A real freakin’ disgrace!

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Levon

Never will understand the need for some folks to battle the police in every instance. Been pulled over many times & never an escalation. A few manners and a smile go a long way. Pretty simple really. Just ask the first driver in the video.

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Lisa

I am outraged over this ass hole çop and who hung this poor women you all are corrupt on every level amazing and to think they got away with murder I am pissed really pissed they killed her no dought

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steve

This is just another case of police injustice. Look at thr video from the bystander and it shows a different thing than what this POS pig says in his report. Why bother a person and then escalate the problem? That’s what I saw and I don’t need anyone to explain to me what I’m seeing foe myself. They have forensic people to tell you what you are hhearing and seeing. Ain’t that a bunch of BS? They’re crazy, the criminal justice system and they will tell you anything as long as they can get away with an injustice.

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Anonymous

Officer Encinad should be serving a life sentence for the grief he caused in the way he mistreated SANDRA BLAND dragging her out of her vehicle!!!

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Timothy Jenkins

If Sandra did kill herself it was the troopers fault for arresting her in the first place. I personally think they killed her to keep her from talking to her lawyer and that would give them more time to doctor the video footage. Just my thoughts on it. She was set up and then killed to cover up what the trooper did.

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Anonymous

The Metro Atlanta Crime Commission has created an unofficial case file on this incident without bias. We have concluded that the Trooper was not courteous but as a new officer, found himself in a situation that was escalating and he did not know what to do. He could have taken a number of different approaches. We found also that Sandra Bland violated the Texas Penal Code at least 3 times, though the Trooper did not cite her for any of the violations. The Metro Atlanta Crime Commission teaches nationwide seminars and workshops called POLICE ENCOUNTERS 101 which cover what rights and laws you should know as a private citizen, how to handle a police encounter and your lawful and peaceful options to get results if you are a victim of police brutality. Find us on Facebook at Police Encounters 101 or email us:atlantacrimecommission@yahoo.com. We can do a free seminar or paid workshop for your business, church or organization.

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romayke

What kind of family would allow one of their own to stay in jail three days unneccessarily because they were to sorry to pay bale or at least a bondsman.

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dndllc

Thanks for this video! After seeing this video it is very clear to me who was at fault!

Sandra Bland was an idiot. She did EVERTHING wrong. Anyone who doesn’t see thin is just anti police and will always make excused for idiots like her. I agree the cop could have handled the situation better after the confrontation escalated, but it was clearly Bland who created the escalation. The office was polite, friendly and even concerned if she was OK at the beginning.

And Bland killed herself becoming a martyr for ignorant, low class people who think the are above the law.

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RIC

the officer was the IDiOT she was in the right. what she did was not a crime, but what the officer did was a crime! Bland was denied Due Process. her Constitution Protected RIGHT to liberty was taken from her by these officers To protect these officers she was murdered or at lest the jailers were guilty of neglect leading up to the death of one who was kidnapped by those wearing a badge under the color of law.

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Anonymous

The fact is here in America is where color is broken down in to racial identity. In Latino America which does not include Spain, color doesn’t need to be included in your identity. But there’s no surprise that America classifies race in such a manner. In any case, when in Rome do as the romans do. If he considered himself Latino, he would have more understanding of the challenges and struggles faced as one and other minorities. That being said, he is an officer in Texas, home to an enormous population of racists. So He acted as one.

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RIC

Sandra Bland’s family have a federal law suit under title 18 sections 241,242 Title 42 section 1983 and because Miss Bland died because of being denied Due Process everyone involved in her Arrest should be in federal court each charged and if convicted each can be sentenced the death themselves

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