New Cell Phone Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest Released

Waller County Sheriff's Office shows Sandra Bland

The incident made national news three days later when Bland died in jail of what the Waller County Sheriff's Office's called an apparent "self-inflicted asphyxiation".

The revelation that Bland was aware enough to grab her smartphone and record the harrowing ordeal convinced many users across social media that the 28-year old Chicago native was prepared to hold police accountable in a court of law.

The clip begins at the most dramatic moment of the July 2015 traffic stop near Prairie View A&M University: Encinia has opened Bland's auto door and draws his stun gun as she tries to steady her phone's camera.

In the 39-second video from Bland's vantage point, she can be heard asking Encinia, "Why am I being apprehended?" as she attempts to film him. Bland responds that "I have a right to record" before apparently acceding to his demands and turning off the cellphone.

The end of the video from Bland's point of view shows her filming the ground and her feet, before she abruptly stops recording. "A hard drive containing copies of 820 Gigabytes of data compiled by DPS from its investigation, including the dashcam videos, jail video footage and data from Sandra Bland's cell phone, was part of discovery". Three days later, she was discovered dead by hanging from a jail-cell partition.

Democratic state Rep. Garnet Coleman, who in 2017 sponsored the "Sandra Bland Act" that the family criticized for being weakened before it was signed into law, said Monday night he would look into why Bland's family never saw the footage.

He yelled at her again to put her phone down.

Bland's family believes the video was intentionally not made public, Collister says.

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It also said Sandra Bland's cellphone video had previously been publicly released in 2017, when it was given to an Austin television station under an open records law.

"What the video shows is that Encinia had no reason to be in fear of his safety", Cannon Lambert, an attorney representing Bland's family, told The New York Times. She was in custody after a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal escalated into a physical confrontation with a white state trooper. That videos shows a relatively routine traffic stop quickly spiral out of control. But his perjury charge was later dropped in exchange for him giving up his license and agreeing never to work as a cop again.

"He sees exactly what's in her hand", Lambert told WFAA.

Encinia rudely says "Are you done?" after Bland answers his question.

"The video makes it abundantly clear there was nothing she was doing in that vehicle that put him at risk at all", Lambert, her family's attorney, told The Associated Press on Monday.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials disagree with the claim that the video was withheld.

"The premise that the video was not produced as a part of the discovery process is wrong", DPS said in a statement to multiple news sources. "The illegal withholding of evidence by one side from the other destroys our legal system's ability to produce fair and just outcomes". Her death sparked a movement and the hashtag "Say Her Name". "As Chair of the House Committee on County Affairs that looked into the death of Sandra Bland, I will make sure that the Committee will also look into how this happened".

The footage then shows Encina pointing a taser at Bland.

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