Sandra Bland Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled for $1,900,000 

The family of Sandra Bland has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million, with Waller County, Texas, also agreeing to changes in jail procedures. 

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The family of Sandra Bland, the black woman who was arrested following a traffic stop in Texas and later found dead in jail, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million, USA Today reports.

According to the report, Connon Lambert, the lawyer for Bland’s family, told CNN that along with the cash settlement, Waller County, Texas, has also agreed to changes in jail procedures. The details of the settlement were finalized Wednesday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will pay $100,000 of the settlement, and Waller County will pay most of the rest.

Bland was stopped July 10, 2015, by Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia for making an improper lane change. The traffic stop for the small infraction soon escalated, with Encinia threatening to light Bland up before he took Bland into custody. Most of the interaction was caught on police dashcam footage.

Bland was found dead at the Waller County Jail three days later. Her death was ruled a suicide.

No one at the jail was charged in connection with Bland’s death. However, Encinia faces charges of perjury, and was fired.

Read more at USA Today

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