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Rep announces plans for hearing in Texas Legislature in light of new Sandra Bland evidence

After cell phone video evidence was released Monday, one lawmaker is calling for a new hearing in the current Texas Legislative Session.

AUSTIN, Texas — Less than one day after new evidence related to her case was released to the public, one Texas lawmaker has announced plans for a new hearing in the Sandra Bland case.

Sanrda Bland was found dead in a Waller County jail cell three days after she was pulled over during a routine traffic stop in July 2015. On Monday, new cell phone footage was released showing her perspective as a Texas state trooper points a Taser at her and yells, "I will light you up."

On Tuesday, Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), released the following statement:

"As Chair of the House Committee on County Affairs, I plan on holding a hearing before the end of the 86th Legislative Session in light of the new evidence in the Sandra Bland case. I will be asking the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Attorney General to testify.  

The House Committee on County Affairs that I chair held five hearings during the 84th Interim investigating the death of Ms. Bland. Last session, I passed the Sandra Bland Act which added new de-escalation training for law enforcement, increased jailer training, new traffic stop data, funding for inmate safety and jail diversion, and outside investigation of jail deaths among other important criminal justice and mental health policies. 

During the 85th Interim, the Committee continued its work to ensure proper implementation of the Sandra Bland Act. The House Committee on County Affairs intends to continue our work on Ms. Bland's case and the new revelations."


Sandra Bland recorded her own arrest. Watch her cellphone video from the 2015 traffic stop

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Sandra Bland Act filed in Texas Legislature

In May 2017, Texas senators unanimously passed the Sandra Bland Act, which aims to address issues, including mental health, that were addressed by the legislature committees following her death.

After her arrest, Bland was found hanging in her jail cell. Her death was ruled a suicide.

More information on the act can be found below:

The Sandra Bland Act is a major criminal justice reform bill which passed the Texas Legislature during the 85th Regular Session. The Sandra Bland Act as originally introduced presented the gold standard of what can be done in criminal justice reform.


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