Several videos from the Sandra Bland case are making the news, with the initial cell phone video of Bland being held down on the ground by Texas cops starting it all, as reported by the Inquisitr. In Texas, on her way to begin a new job at Prairie View A&M University, 28-year-old Sandra had traveled from the Chicago area when she was stopped for reportedly failing to signal when changing lanes. In that video, Bland could be heard complaining that the police were treating her roughly and had slammed her head on the ground — stating that she had lost feeling in parts of her body.
Cannon Lambert, the Bland family attorney, reports seeing the dashcam footage, which shows the police officer approaching the passenger side of Sandra’s car and asking for her driver’s license and insurance. After Bland provides those things, the cop asks her to put out her cigarette — a request that started the path of violence that ensued.
“Why do I have to put out a cigarette when I’m in my own car?”
Lambert put forth that Sandy’s question seemed to irritate the officer, who then demanded Bland get out of her car.
“Get out of the car.”
The Houston-area recent resident was afraid to get out of the car, says Lambert, so the trooper tried to force Sandra to get out of the car by opening her door and demanding her to get out. As noted by the lawyer, there wasn’t a clear understanding of why Sandra was asked to get out of her car at all for the routine traffic stop.
The dashcam video also shows Sandra reaching for her cell phone to try and record what was happening, Lambert said in a Tom Joyner Morning Show interview. Afterward, the officer pointed a Taser at Bland and she got out of the car.
VIDEO: Texas authorities release video from jail In Sandra Bland case http://t.co/2exYWMo4mr— The Associated Press (@AP) July 21, 2015
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