Grand Jury decides against indictment in case of Sandra Bland; but it’s not the end

(The Daily Beast)
(The Daily Beast)

Maya Boddie | Local & World Editor

A Texas grand jury will not indict anyone relating to the case of Sandra Bland, according to CNN. Questions of excessive police force arose after Bland was arrested during a traffic stop and  found dead in a jail cell three days later in July.

“After reviewing all the evidence in the death of Sandra Bland, a Waller grand jury did not return an indictment in the death of Bland, nor were any indictments returned against any employee of the Waller County Jail,” Darrell Jordan, a special prosecutor handling the case said after the grand jury met for more than eight hours Monday.

Although no indictments will occur as of Monday, December 22, a grand jury will meet again to decide whether or not to indict anyone involved in this case.

According to NBC, protesters gathered on Tuesday demanding that U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch intercede after the grand jury declined to indict anyone in the case of Bland’s death. The protestors said they would hold demonstrations until January, when the jury reconvenes on the issue of the trooper’s conduct.

“The Sandra Bland case is just the latest in a string of injustices and miscarriages of justice in this country,” Deric Muhammad, a community activist said as he and around 20 others gathered in front of the Waller County Courthouse in Texas Tuesday afternoon.

Lewis White, another special prosecutor in the case said in a telephone interview, “We’re letting the grand jury make the decision. They’re making all the decisions. The only thing were doing is telling them what type of charges, if they chose to purse them, are available.”

White said that the grand jury’s decision Monday does not mean the case is over, as the panel could still consider charges on conduct related to the original arrest.

“The fact remains that if she was never arrested she would have never went to jail, she would have never died,” Jenaki Muhammad, vice co-chair of women’s affairs for the activist group National Black United Front, said.

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders supports Sandra Bland’s family as well as others involved in the #blacklivesmatter movement.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that she, like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a white woman,” Sanders said. “We need to reform a very broken criminal justice system.”

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