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Sandra Bland's Family Reaches $1.9 Million Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit Sandra Bland's Family Reaches $1.9 Million Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit

After a grand jury refused to indict any Waller County jail employees in the death of Sandra Bland, who was found hanging in her cell after a traffic stop arrest, her family launched a federal wrongful death lawsuit.

Watch the Mothers of the Movement's Powerful DNC Message: 'I Did Not Want This Spotlight' Watch the Mothers of the Movement's Powerful DNC Message: 'I Did Not Want This Spotlight'

On Tuesday evening, the Mothers of the Movement—mothers of black Americans whose deaths have sparked nationwide protests—came out to a standing ovation and sustained chants of “Black lives matter,” at the Democratic National Convention.

Watch Sandra Bland's Mother Give a Devastating Speech at the Congressional Caucus for Black Women & Girls Watch Sandra Bland's Mother Give a Devastating Speech at the Congressional Caucus for Black Women & Girls

The Congressional Caucus for Black Women & Girls, an urgent convening of lawmakers, public figures, and the relatives of black women killed by institutional state violence, is currently underway in Washington, D.C.

The State Trooper Who Pulled Over Sandra Bland Has Been Fired The State Trooper Who Pulled Over Sandra Bland Has Been Fired

In Texas, the state trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland for a routine traffic stop that ultimately led to her death has been fired.

Why Was 16-Year-Old Gynnya McMillen Found Dead in a Kentucky Juvenile Center?  Why Was 16-Year-Old Gynnya McMillen Found Dead in a Kentucky Juvenile Center? 

Police are struggling to explain why a 16 year-old girl was found dead in a Kentucky juvenile detention center ten days ago. Gynnya McMillen was found unresponsive on January 11th after spending the night alone in her cell—in a case that sounds eerily similar to that of 28-year-old Sandra Bland.

Texas State Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Charged With Perjury Texas State Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Charged With Perjury

Brian T. Encinia, the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland in 2015, has been indicted on a charge of perjury, a Class A misdemeanor.

In Tamir Rice's Death, Grand Jury Refuses to Bring Charges Against 2 Officers In Tamir Rice's Death, Grand Jury Refuses to Bring Charges Against 2 Officers

On Monday, an Ohio grand jury decided not to bring charges against the two officers, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, captured on camera fatally shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014.

Sandra Bland's Family Expected a 'Sham' Decision From Texas Grand Jury Sandra Bland's Family Expected a 'Sham' Decision From Texas Grand Jury

On Monday, a grand jury in Waller County, Texas declined to indict any of the employees at the country jail where Sandra Bland was found hanging in a cell from a trash bag. Today, Bland’s family says it was “disappointed” but expected this kind of “sham.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Echoes Black Lives Matter Ethos, Makes Us Wish She Was Running Sen. Elizabeth Warren Echoes Black Lives Matter Ethos, Makes Us Wish She Was Running

On Sunday, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a speech extolling the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement like none of the actual presidential candidates have. Though she’s said she’s not running, deliveries like these are why some Warren supporters are still hopeful.

Texas Street Renamed to Honor Sandra Bland Texas Street Renamed to Honor Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland, who died mysteriously in a Texas jail cell in July, will have a street named in her honor in the Lone Star state.

Sandra Bland's Family Is Suing Trooper Who Arrested Her Sandra Bland's Family Is Suing Trooper Who Arrested Her

Sandra Bland’s family is bringing a federal lawsuit against Trooper Brian Encinia, the man that pulled over Bland, and “others responsible for her death.”

Officer Darren Wilson Still Can't See How He Could Possibly Be Racist Officer Darren Wilson Still Can't See How He Could Possibly Be Racist

The New Yorker profiled former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for its August 10 issue, the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Wilson. The biggest takeaway from the piece seems to be that Wilson had the opportunity to be a dumb kid but didn’t give others like Brown the same chance. And…

Cop in Sandra Bland Case Was Once Warned for 'Unprofessional Conduct' Cop in Sandra Bland Case Was Once Warned for 'Unprofessional Conduct'

Recently released documents show that Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after pulling her over for failing to signal during a lane change, was once given a warning for “unprofessional conduct.” The disciplinary citation occurred last year, when Encinia was still a probationary trooper.

Hysterical Fox News Man Compares #BlackLivesMatter to Gestapo

On Wednesday, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly highlighted a reporter who tried to cover a Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago but was told to turn off his camera by activists. O’Reilly somehow linked that to black-on-black crime, the condemnation of white people and himself as the reporter giving the most coverage to the Black…

Reports on Sandra Bland's Posthumous THC Levels Riddled With Bad Science Reports on Sandra Bland's Posthumous THC Levels Riddled With Bad Science

There is something very off about a recent story circulated by the Associated Press on Sandra Bland’s toxicology report, which was released on Monday. It was mostly republished by right-of-center publications like the New York Post and Fox News, with little interest from the mainstream media—presumably because the…

Outside Committee Appointed to Review Sandra Bland's Case Outside Committee Appointed to Review Sandra Bland's Case

On Monday, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis announced that a committee of outside lawyers will review Sandra Bland’s unsettling death while in police custody.

Jay Z and Will Smith Are Producing an Emmett Till HBO Miniseries Jay Z and Will Smith Are Producing an Emmett Till HBO Miniseries

Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming up with Aaron Kaplan to produce an HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was lynched in Money, Mississippi in 1955 after whistling at a white woman. His death became a catalyst for the civil rights movement—and the brutality it evidenced in race relations in America is…

Texas County Where Sandra Bland Died Has Long History Of Racism Texas County Where Sandra Bland Died Has Long History Of Racism

Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, just days after a white police officer pulled over and arrested her when she failed to signal a lane change. Her arrest has been cited as a prime example of racial bias and misuse of force by the police — and it happened in a county itself marred by…

Funeral Services For Sandra Bland Held This Morning Funeral Services For Sandra Bland Held This Morning

The funeral for Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman who died in a Texas jail, was held this morning in Lisle, a Chicago suburb. Chicago’s ABC 7 reports that the Bland’s family arrived around 8:30 a.m. for private services at the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Texas Forensics Team Says Sandra Bland Died By Suicide Texas Forensics Team Says Sandra Bland Died By Suicide

A Texas prosecutor has announced that Sandra Bland died by hanging in a suicide and her autopsy uncovered no evidence of a “violent struggle.” This autopsy is separate from the independent investigation commissioned by Bland’s family.

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