The mother of Sandra Bland is speaking out against a grand jury’s decision to indict the state trooper who arrested Bland, saying that the decision is not justice, reports NBC News.
Earlier this week, a Texas grand jury indicted Brian Encinia on charges of perjury. If convicted, Encinia faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. However, Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, said that the indictment does not equal justice.
“There should have been more,” Reed-Veal said yesterday at a news conference, referring to last month’s grand jury decision to not indict any of the officers involved in Bland’s death. “That’s not justice for me.”
On July 10, Bland was arrested during a routine traffic stop for allegedly failing to use her turn signal. She was taken to the Waller County Jail, and three days later, she was found hanging by a plastic bag in her cell. A medical examiner ruled her death a suicide, but family members say that Bland wouldn’t take her own life.
At yesterday’s press conference, Reed-Veal said that she is skeptical of the prosecutors who will handle Encinia’s upcoming case.
“Who in the heck is going to do the prosecuting?” Reed-Veal said. “Who’s going to prosecute this guy? Is it the same group of folks who selected the grand jury? I don’t trust the process.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety said that “termination proceedings” had begun against Encinia.