I Will Light You Up: Cop Goes Ballistic In Video of Sandra Bland Arrest
Texas police have released chilling, almost hour-long video footage of the dubious July 10 arrest of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman found dead in her cell three days later, though several documentary filmmakers and others have now charged it's been edited. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers and FBI have launched investigations into an arrest that never should have happened, activists are demanding transparency, her family has sought an independent inquiry, and the D.A. has said her alleged suicide is being investigated as thoroughly as a murder case because "there are too many questions that still need to be resolved." The arrest of Bland, a Black Lives Matter activist, in what has been called “the most racist county in (one) of the most racist states in the country” began with state trooper Brian Encinia pulling Bland over for failing to signal a lane change - really - and escalates after Bland made clear her irritation. In quick succession, Encinia threatens to taser her, tries to yank her from the car, screams "I'll light you up!" and ends up pummeling Bland on the ground. Three days later, Bland was found hanging in her cell; there's also new video of jail personnel finding her body and calling in medical help. Amidst protests, vigils, outraged calls for justice and trending social media campaigns like the hashtag
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland, the vital question has been, in the words of one Tweet, "Dear white people, any of you EVER been pulled over for a lane change? Did you end up dead?" Beware: The footage of the traffic stop, with its palpable sense of dread and furious unraveling of the cop, is stomach-churningly difficult to watch.
Someone put up this sign near the site of Bland's arrest