The question regarding Sandra Bland’s death should not be: Did she commit suicide, but rather: How does a young woman’s life end three days after a most minor omission of a traffic safety measure?
What happened in those three days? Why was she detained, and why for so long?
A young black woman is pulled over by a white policeman.
She no doubt has read all the recent events of black vs. white, white vs. black — her anxiety soars; breath-stopping fear creeps in.
The man leans into her car, orders her to stop smoking, threatens to “light her up,” tries to pull her out of her car; she tries to evade him — video images clearly show her trying to move toward the passenger side — then she comes out when the laser gun is pointed into her car. Then she’s in handcuffs, and at one point in the audio saying, “You’re hitting my head on the ground,” and three days later, she is dead.
What would the law say about second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter committed by state trooper Brian Encinia?