The case of Sandra Bland, a woman who died in police custody in Texas, has remained pretty quite until now. The dashcam video of her arrest has just been released, and the public debate is getting heated. Of chief concern is that there’s an issue with the video. In certain places the image loops, while the audio continues. It’s unclear at this point if the video was edited or if there was a technical problem with the dashcam. Many are also concerned that the phycial confrontation between Bland and Trooper Brian Encinia happened out of the view of the camera, leaving doubts as to what exactly happened.
Three days after her arrest, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell, apparently having been strangled. Her death is being investigated as a murder, though investigators are considering suicide a possibility. Though many are outraged at her death and believe a police officer is responsible, so far the outrage has been confined to social media posts. Hopefully this case will not result in riots like those seen in Ferguson or Baltimore.
What do you think? Were Encinia’s actions police brutality or justified use of force? Do you think the video was edited? Let us know in the comments.