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Sandra Bland’s Family Reportedly Awarded $1.9M In Wrongful Death Settlement

The family of Sandra Bland has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million, according to multiple media outlets.

Family lawyer, Cannon Lambert, also told CNN that Waller County, Texas, has agreed to changes in jail procedures. Lambert said details of the deal were finalized late Wednesday.

Dash cam video recording by Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia’s car on July 10, 2015, documented the officer pulling Bland over for an improper lane change. The video then showed the traffic stop escalate, as a struggle ensued, before Bland was violently slammed to the ground and taken into custody.

Bland died at the Waller County Jail three days later. According to investigators, Sandra was found hanging in her cell – an apparent suicide. The medical examiner also ruled her death a suicide.

The grand jury did not charge anyone at the jail in Bland’s death, however Encinia was charged with perjury and fired.

According to reports from ABC13 News in Houston, the Texas Department of Public Safety will pay $100,000 of the settlement, with Waller County paying the bulk of the money.

Sandra Bland was a 28-year-old woman from Chicago, who had graduated from Prairie View University (a predominately black school about 45 miles northwest of Houston) and was returning there for a job. On the video of the traffic stop, Bland can be heard protesting her arrest. The video also revealed Sandra’s screams that the officer was about to break her wrists and complained that he knocked her head into the ground.

Bland’s family steadfastly denied that she was suffering from depression or other disorders prior to her arrest.

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CNN reports that some changes coming to the jail include, using automated electronic sensors to ensure timely cell checks, providing an on-duty staff nurse or medical technician for all shifts, and providing continuing education for jailer screening.

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