- Sandra Bland was arrested for a failure to signal after, she said, she was tailgated by a police officer. She moved to get out of his way. He stopped her. He provoked a fight on dashboard cam over her continuing to smoke a cigarette. He cuffed her and yanked her around during the arrest then said Bland was the aggressor. Bland had been on her way to a job interview. After two to three days in jail, Bland was found dead in her Waller County Jail cell.
State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston on a proposal that some are now calling THE SANDRA BLAND ACT. Basically THE SANDRA BLAND ACT calls for changes to what it is legal and illegal for cops to do when making a minor traffic stop.
"Although it's legal, it doesn't make sense for someone to be arrested because of a traffic violation or for a stop like Bland's to escalate into an arrest, Coleman said....
If a driver's tail light is out, or they cross over the yellow line, no matter how briefly, "the law says they are jailable offenses, so we have to remove that from the statute....[Encinia] "was well within his right to [arrest Bland], and that's where we're running into the problem...It's baked in the cake. Injustice is baked into the cake."
Other proposals from the committee include eliminating consent searches and raising the threshold for stops to something higher than the current "probable cause" and "reasonable suspicion." "