Sandra Bland's family sues Waller County, Texas

CHICAGO -- The family of Sandra Bland, the Chicago-area woman found dead in a Texas jail cell, filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the Waller County Sheriff's Office, two jailers, Trooper Brian Encina and others. It seeks unspecified damages.

Bland, 28, was found dead in the Waller County Jail on July 13, three days after she was arrested by Encina during a routine traffic violation in which their exchange escalated to the point that he placed her in handcuffs.

Her death was ruled a suicide by hanging by the Medical Examiner, which the family disputes. The results of a second, private autopsy have not been released, and the family feels that the county is withholding information from the examiner.

"I am still confident in the fact that she knew enough about Jesus that she would not take herself out," Geneva Reed-Veal, Bland's mother, said.

Her family said they want more answers and believe those can be provided by the Department of Justice.

The Texas county released several videos of Bland and her jail intake papers. Reed-Veal said she watched the video of her daughter's arrest once.

"I will not watch it again. Anger. Disgust. Disappointment," she said.

At the very least, Bland's family wants Encina fired.
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