The family of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a Texas jail cell following a traffic stop has reached a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful death suit, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday.
As part of the settlement, the Waller County Jail has agreed to staff the facility with a 24-hour nurse or EMT. “It’s awesome,” Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal said. “It’s a victory for mothers across the country.”
Sandra Bland’s family wins settlement
Sandra Bland was pulled over by a Texas state trooper on July 10, 2015 for making an improper lane change. Dashcam video showed their interaction quickly became confrontational and she was arrested for assault. Her bail was set at $500 and three days later she was found dead in her Waller County Jail cell.
Bland’s family accused the Waller County Sheriff’s office, jail officials and also the State Department of Public Safety. She accused them of jailing Bland wrongly. She also claimed they failed to take preventive measures, despite all the warning signs to guard against suicide in their suit.