Sandra Bland’s Voice Mail From Jail: ‘How Did Switching Lanes Turn Into All of This?’


An exasperated Sandra Bland left what is now a haunting voice mail on her friend's phone shortly after seeing a judge.


"I'm still just at a loss for words, honestly, at this whole process," Bland said on the message obtained by KTRK. "How did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this? I don’t even know."

The 22-second voice mail, left July 11, is the latest piece of the ongoing puzzle regarding how the 28-year-old Bland went from being arrested during a traffic stop July 10 to being found dead in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell three days later. Bland was in the process of moving to Texas to take a job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, when she was stopped, allegedly for failing to signal when switching lanes.

According to KTRK, Bland told her friend that she was "able to see a judge" and that her bail had been set at $5,000. The news station notes that this was one of three calls she made that day. Bland also called her sister Shante Needham, who notes that Bland was irritated about the incident and the way it had been handled by police.

"She was very aggravated," Needham told reporters at a news conference earlier this week. "She seemed to be in pain."

Bland reportedly told her sister that police might have fractured her arm during the arrest. She added that her bail was set and Needham added, "I told her I would work on getting her out."

The third call was placed to a bail bondsman.

According to CNN, on the morning of July 13, Bland asked to make a phone call at 8 a.m. There is no record of Bland ever making the call. Around 9 a.m., Bland was found hanging in her jail cell.


Read more at KTRK and CNN.