The family of an Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail cell after she was arrested during a traffic stop is raising questions about how she died.
Read “Sandra Bland: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know” from Heavy for a succinct guide to the latest news about Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was found dead in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell on Monday.
The Chicago Tribune first reported the news about Bland’s death, which Waller County authorities said was suicide by hanging. The story quickly spread on Twitter and Facebook as friends and family vehemently challenged police accounts.
Bland had traveled from Illinois to Texas for a job interview at Prairie View A&M University, her alma mater. Her family told ABC 7 News that Bland got the job and was going to start working at the university on July 15.
Unitarian Universalists have been among those lamenting Bland’s death and a video of her arrest, during which Bland can be heard saying to police, “You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that?”
To learn more about Sandra Bland’s life, arrest, and death, follow the hashtags #SandraBland and #WhatHappendToSandraBland.
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Kenny Wiley was a UU World senior editor from 2015 to 2018. His writing has also appeared in the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, and Skyd Magazine.
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