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By Erik Ortiz
A hearing about recently released mobile phone films belonging to Sandra Among the black woman involved in a 2015 traffic stop that preceded her death in a Texas prison, grew testy on Friday when state lawmakers questioned the top law enforcement officials about why it took more than two years before people knew about its existence.
Rep. Garnet Coleman, a Democrat who trusts the Legislature's County Affairs Committee and had sponsored a bill named after Bland, intended to help imprisoned people with mental illnesses, grew frustrated as he described how the Texas Department of Public Safety had previously "dumped "The related data for her after information requests, but failed to warn him of the existence of the cellphone video.
"I tried to go to the disk you sent me and I couldn't make any heads or tails out of it," he said. 19659006] He urged officials to be more forthcoming.
"Give me everything you have related to the Sandra Bland case in a documented and quoted form and bring it to me. Everything," said Coleman, adding: "If it's video I want the video. is sound, I want the sound. If there are any deposits you did to everyone involved in this, I want everything. "
Officials replied that" you have everything "and said they support that implement a new policy that contains samples containing an index or table of contents.
The 39-second mobile video showing Bland's perspective when a state's trooper pulled her in July 2015 on the outskirts of Houston for not using her turn signal was published earlier this month – part of an Investigative Network's registration request a nonprofit news organization and the Dallas station WFAA. Before then, the video was never seen publicly.
Instead, there were only dashcam images that showed Trooper Brian Encinia trying to pull Mix, 28, out of her car and threatened to use a Taser to "turn you on" – a meeting that became one flash point in the Black Life Matter movement. Bland was arrested and found dead in his prison cell three days later in the autonomy.
Lawmakers on Friday noted that Cannon Lambert, a lawyer for Bland's family, told investigative networks that the mobile phone video was never delivered as part of the discovery process in a civil law and that "If they had turned it over, I'd have seen it."
Phillip Adkins, Director General of the Department of Public Security, said last Friday that the Agency "has not detained evidence" from Bland's family or their legal team and that the video she registered was provided by lawyers in Waller County for family lawyers in October 2015.
Lambert could not immediately comment on Friday whether he might have received the video but inadvertently overlooked it.
Coleman said he plans to hold another hearing with lawyers from Waller County.
Followed by Bland's deat h, Encinia was the only official to be criminally charged in her case. Prosecutors said he lied in a sworn affidavit when he wrote that Bland had been "fighting and uncooperative". A single charge against Encinia of perjury was dropped in June 2017, after the trooper agreed never to work as a law enforcement officer again.
Litigation against state and county prison has since been settled for nearly $ 2 million in total.
] But on Friday, Coleman said that Bland's mobile phone video could have changed the study's progress.
"I wish he would have been prosecuted for more than just perjury after seeing that video," he added.