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Brian Encinia, the Texas Trooper that arrested Sandra Bland before she died in prison a few days later, has been indicted for perjury by a grand jury.
Encinia, 30, is suspected of lying in his incident report of Bland’s arrest at a traffic stop; the charge is a misdemeanor that would warrant possibly a year in jail and a fee of $4,000.
Last month, the jury decided it would not indict any of the Waller County Jail employees for her death, but the case is still ongoing. Jurors are expected to review more evidence on the case, particularly the dashboard footage that captured Bland’s arrest.
The footage shows Encinia threatening and arguing with Bland. He also violated protocols and is accused of being unprofessional in how he conducted the traffic stop.
Encinia has only been a state trooper since January 2014.
Bland passed away in a cell at the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and was discovered on July 13 at 9:07 AM, three days after she was detained at the traffic stop. She was by herself at the time of her death; authorities claim she used a plastic bag to hang herself from a division in the ceiling.