Trooper Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who was caught on his police car’s dash cam video handling Sandra Bland roughly after she refused to put out her cigarette, has been formally terminated. Encinia was indicted by a grand jury this January on a perjury charge after being found to have lied about the confrontation.
The former state trooper was accused of “failing to act courteously during his July traffic stop with Bland, prolonging her detention” and “violating general orders,” according to the Huffington Post.
Shortly following the indictment announcement back in January, the Texas Department of Public Safety said it would “begin termination proceedings.” Encinia had remained on paid desk duty until being formally fired from the department on March 1st.
In the official termination letter, Public Safety Director Steven McCraw stated that Encinia did not rebut “the charges set out in the statement of charges on January 28, 2016.”
Sandra Bland was found hanged in her jail cell three days after the violent confrontation with Encinia. The county coroner ruled her death a suicide.
A federal judge is determining if the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Bland’s family will be delayed until after Encinia’s criminal trial.