Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Charged With Perjury

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The Texas state trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman who inspired protests around the country after she was found hanged in her jail cell three days after being arrested, was indicted for perjury by a grand jury this Wednesday. 

The charge stems from a statement that Brian Encinia made on an affidavit explaining his reasons for making Bland get out of her car after pulling her over for failing to signal a lane change. Special prosecutor Shawn McDonald said, per the New York Times, that the grand jury “found that statement to be false.”

As Daily Intelligencer noted in December,

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Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Indicted