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Wed Jan 6, 2016, 11:32 PM

Brian T. Encinia, the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, will face perjury charges

This troop is not suited to be in the Texas Department of Public Safety. I am glad that he was indicted http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/1/6/1466753/-Brian-T-Encinia-the-trooper-who-arrested-Sandra-Bland-will-face-perjury-charges

A Texas grand jury concluded its deliberation today with the decision to indict Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian T. Encinia on a perjury charge stemming from his statements about the night when Sandra Bland was arrested before her death in a jail cell. The Houston Chronicle reports:

Darrell Jordan, a special prosecutor, said the charge is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The charge stemmed from a statement Encinia made in his report of the incident, which said he pulled Bland out of her car to continue the investigation.

In December, special prosecutors announced that a grand jury convened to review the circumstances surrounding Bland's detention and death had declined to issue any indictments to jail staff or any members of the Waller County Sheriff's Office.

The 28-year-old African-American woman was arrested during a traffic stop in July. Three days later, jail staff found her hanging from a noose in her Waller County jail cell. Her death, ruled a suicide by medical examiners, sparked disbelief from her family and outraged civil rights activists across the country, who called for greater accountability on the part of law enforcement.
The DOJ is investigating this incident and there is still hope for federal civil rights charges

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Wed Jan 6, 2016, 11:33 PM

1. Texas Department of Public Safety is terminating Encinia

This makes me smile.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 6, 2016, 11:44 PM

2. He handled that traffic stop poorly.

Even tho I also believe that Bland was clearly waaaay high at the time and running her mouth in a belligerent and combative manner, the police officer also crossed the line when he became irritated and started with the bully routine.

Then he tried to obscure the facts of the arrest to present himself in a more favorable light.

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Thu Jan 7, 2016, 10:53 AM

3. STATEMENT: TOP APPLAUDS INDICTMENT & FIRING OF DPS TROOPER IN SANDRA BLAND CASE

I am glad that there is some movement here http://organizetexas.org/statement-top-applauds-indictment-firing-of-dps-trooper-in-sandra-bland-case/

The following is a statement by Tarsha Jackson, Harris County director of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP), in reaction to a Waller County grand jury indicting DPS trooper Brian Encinia, and by the decision of DPS to fire Encinia.

“Today’s indictment and firing of Trooper Encinia is a solid first step toward achieving justice in the untimely death of Sandra Bland. It is unacceptable and reprehensible for Encinia to have lied in his report of what happened when he pulled over Ms. Bland. The grand jury has acknowledged this perjury and made the right call. DPS also made the right call to fire Encinia, something that TOP has been calling for since Bland’s death.

“While our organization would have preferred an assault charge to have been brought up, it is our ultimate hope that this indictment will spark a shift in how law enforcement agencies across the nation hold their officers accountable for misbehavior in the line of duty.

“During a meeting with DPS Director Steve McCraw in September of last year to discuss TOP’s concerns with Trooper Encinia’s conduct toward Ms. Bland, we spoke at great length about the importance of trust and accountability between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

“TOP believes that the indictment further shows that Trooper Encinia blatantly violated that trust and accountability, and his firing is therefore justified.

“Furthermore, we call on DPS to improve its training in the areas of de-escalation, communications, and crisis intervention. A bright, vibrant, and promising life was lost due in part to the unlawful actions of a DPS trooper. It is our hope that improved training will cut down on the racial profiling and abusive behavior that she was subject to.”

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Thu Jan 7, 2016, 01:45 PM

4. He still didn't kill her. She Committed Suicide

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