AUSTIN, Texas —
A state investigation of a white state trooper’s actions within the arrest of Sandra Bland, a black motorist who later died in custody, discovered that the trooper was impolite towards Bland and did not comply with normal procedures in his dealing with of the lady.
KXAN-TV of Austin obtained a “use of drive” report from the Texas Division of Public Security. It confirmed Trooper Brian Encinia additionally offered no solutions to a number of questions the DPS interviewer posed about his actions – together with why Encinia did not inform Bland why she was being arrested.
KXAN obtained the report and supporting interview transcripts and recordings in response to a request made beneath the Freedom of Info Act.
Encinia, who arrested Bland after a minor visitors infraction escalated into an indignant wrestle in 2015, was charged with perjury after Bland was discovered lifeless in a Waller County Jail cell three days after her arrest. A decide later dismissed that cost on the situation that Encinia resign from the DPS, give up his police license and comply with by no means reapply.
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In his interview with the DPS inspector basic, Encinia stated a number of occasions that he believed his security was in jeopardy through the Bland encounter. He stated Bland’s actions inside her automotive involved him.
“I had a sense that something might’ve been both retrieved or hidden inside her space of management. My main concern was that purse, together with her console, so far as being any sorts of weapons or medicine or, it is unknown to me,” he stated. “I do not know what occurred however one thing did, and to me that was the affordable suspicion.”
However when requested why he did not order Bland to step out of her automotive or clarify her actions, Encinia stated he had no reply.
“I feel issues might’ve been dealt with in another way, sure sir. I nonetheless did have a priority for the world of her management that I did not know what was there, however I do agree that issues might’ve been achieved in a different way,” Encinia answered when requested if he might have de-escalated the state of affairs by telling Bland she was solely being given a warning for the visitors violation.
An lawyer for Bland’s household, Cannon Lambert, advised the station that the video confirmed Encinia by no means communicated to backup officers that he was involved about of Bland’s actions earlier than he turned confrontational. As an alternative, Lambert stated, Encinia falsely claimed to worry for his security to justify his…