Is Sandra Bland wrongful death settlement #JusticeforSandra?
Last year, Sandra Bland died in a jail cell after being pulled over for a minor offense -- failing to use a turn signal -- sparking major outrage.
She got arrested for assault on a public servant -- one who was later indicted for perjury due to his implausible arrest report.
Now Bland's family has reached a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit. In addition to the money, Bland's family won changes to Waller County, Texas' jail procedures, including adding automated sensors and an on-duty nurse.
Sandra Bland's family settles civil suit for $1.9 million. The agreement includes jail reform.
A look back:https://t.co/m5p9L3JpWr
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 15, 2016
The judge in the case will also seek state legislation to provide additional funding for jail booking, intake, and support.
Bland's mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, said this about the outcome:
"Right now my emotion is joy, pure joy. There's a sense of God's justice for me."
Some people are more skeptical, however.
So tell me how #SandraBland 's death was ruled a suicide but her family is being granted 1.9 million dollars for WRONGFUL DEATH? ?
— La Desperada ?? (@_Nannnnna23) September 15, 2016
The death of #SandraBland was "wrongful" enough for her family to get money, but not "wrongful" enough for someone to be held accountable.
— DeAsia Paige (@deasia_paige) September 15, 2016
How was Sandra Bland family awarded $1.9 Million for "Wrongful Death" if her death was ruled a suicide? ? These cops do wtf they want!!!
— C.M ? (@CdaMACKnificent) September 15, 2016
Police never admit to wrongdoing through apologies or legal pleadings. They admit through massive settlements. RIP #SandraBland.
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) September 15, 2016
No o?cer held respo?ible ? a death wrongful enough to pay the family 1.9 mil? I guess the citizens are held responsible...again #SandraBland
— Tee Marie Hanible (@TheRealTeeMarie) September 15, 2016
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) September 15, 2016
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Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.