Sandra Bland’s own cellphone video of 2015 traffic stop surfaces


In this undated photo provided by the Bland family, Sandra Bland poses for a photo.

Like a previously released police dashboard camera video, this one shows Texas state trooper Brian Encinia pointing what appears to be his Taser at Bland and yelling "I will light you up!" while she sits inside her auto. But that changed Monday night with the release of Bland's recording, which was acquired by reporter Brian Collister of the Investigative Network and broadcast on WFAA.

Bland was found hanging in her jail cell outside Houston three days after her arrest. For years this was the only known recording of the confrontation.

Bland's family members now say they want her case reopened. He handcuffs her and, according to a lawsuit filed by Bland's family, tackles her, knocks her head against the pavement, and kneels on her back.

This story has been corrected to show that the spelling of the Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman's last name is Cesinger, not Cesigner.

"The premise that the video was not produced as a part of the discovery process is wrong", DPS said in a statement. He orders her to "get off the phone", and she replies, "I'm not on the phone".

However, Bland family attorney Cannon Lambert argued otherwise.

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Lambert was also shocked, his eyes tearing up as he said, "I've never seen that..." But Jordan, who has since become a judge, was not able to say whether a grand jury had seen the footage, citing secrecy rules around grand juries.

"Get out of the vehicle!" Like a lot of African-American millennials, Bland was active on social media. Her passing is one of the main cases that fueled Black Lives Matter and other movements protesting police misconduct. It is the first video to show part of the incident from Bland's point of view after police dashboard video was released shortly after Bland's death.

"My safety was in jeopardy at more than one time", Encinia told investigators.

One state representative from the area has already promised a new probe into whether the video was properly shared.

Encinia ultimately was sacked and indicted by a grand jury for perjury. However, the charges against him were dropped after Encinia agreed to never work in law enforcement again. Cannon Lambert, an attorney for the Bland family who settled lawsuits against the state of Texas and the Waller County Jail that totaled almost $2 million combined, said he never saw the clip until it was recently shared by a news reporter.

"The video makes it abundantly clear there was nothing she was doing in that vehicle that put him at risk at all", Lambert said. I will light you up. What did she do to make him feel his safety was in jeopardy? It also said Bland's cellphone video had previously been publicly released in 2017, when it was given to an Austin television station under open records law. "And at the end of the day, he [Encinia] needs to go to jail".

"It is troubling that a crucial piece of evidence was withheld from Sandra Bland's family and legal team in their pursuit of justice", state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D, who sponsored a bill named after Bland that increased resources for mentally ill inmates and added new police accountability measures, said in a statement.