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,


Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Indicted