Shortly after a Texas grand jury declined to indict any officers involved in the death of Sandra Bland, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders issued a statement condemning the decision, reports CNN.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that [Bland], like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a White woman,” Sanders said.
Bland, 28, was found dead in her jail cell on July 13, three days after she was arrested during a routine traffic stop. Her death was ruled a suicide, but Bland’s family is skeptical.
This isn’t the first time that Sanders, who unveiled a racial justice reform plan over the summer, has spoken out on Bland’s death. In October, Sanders secretly met with Bland’s mother after a chance meeting at a D.C. restaurant, and days later, Sanders said Bland’s name during a Democratic debate.