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Sandra Bland's Family Reaches $1.9 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

Sandra Bland's Family Reaches $1.9 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

The family of a black woman who died while in police custody in Waller County, Texas, reached a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the county Thursday, according to CNN.

Sandra Bland was arrested for failing to use her turn signal in July 2015 and was found dead in her jail cell three days later. Protesters and Black Lives Matter activists question whether Bland should have even been arrested for such a minor infraction.

The circumstances surrounding Bland's death have also been questioned. Authorities ruled her death a suicide, claiming she hanged herself, but family members disagree, saying she would have never taken her own life.

Video of Bland's arrest showed Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia becoming violent with Bland after she questioned his orders and refused to get out of her vehicle. 

According to the video, Encinia told Bland she was under arrest but refused to explain why, saying only, "I am giving you a lawful order."

After Encinia pulled out what appeared to be a taser and came at Bland, she could be heard saying, "You're a real man now. You just slammed me, knocked my head in the ground."

Encinia was later indicted for perjury and fired.

Bland's family was pleased with the settlement, which included changes to jail procedures. Some changes include using automated electronic sensors to ensure timely cell checks, providing an on-duty staff nurse or emergency medical technician for all shifts, and providing continuing education for jailer screening, according to CNN.

"The Waller County judge will be seeking passage of state legislation for more funding for local jails regarding intake and booking, screening and other jail support," family attorney Cannon Lambert told CNN.

It was shown that jail guards did not check on Bland in a timely fashion, which could have saved her life. 

Watch Bland's mother react to the settlement. 

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