The former Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland during a 2015 traffic stop agreed never to work again in law enforcement in exchange for having a misdemeanor perjury charge against him dismissed, CNN reports.
Under the deal announced on Wednesday, Brian Encinia will turn over his police credentials and sign a sworn statement that permanently ends his law enforcement career. He was the only officer to face criminal charges in connection with Bland’s death while in police custody.
Charges dropped for Brian Encinia, who is the only cop who faced criminal charges related to Sandra Bland’s death. https://t.co/bOK887ceBI
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News of the deal shocked Bland’s family. Their attorney, Cannon Lambert, said the special prosecutor promised the family that he would take the case to trial.
“The prosecutor didn’t even reach out to the family to notify them that they were looking to cut this deal,” Lambert said, according to CNN.
He added: “What was gained — him never being an officer anymore, would have been gained by a conviction. They gave up a chance to seek justice and got nothing.”
Bland’s sister, Shante Needham, who lives in the Chicago area, …read more
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