Indiscriminate slaying more akin to the Wild West? Who gives a damn about terrorists when cops behave like Nazi stormtroopers…. & make no mistake, this is all by design.

Imagine: On the way to a new job, Police pull you over for changing lanes without signalling. You’re dragged from your car, violently slammed to the ground, arrested, charged with assault & taken to jail. 3 days later you’re dead! The incident was caught on tape. Sandra Bland can be heard saying “You just slammed my head to the ground. Do you not even care about that?”

 

Sandra Bland

 

 

I received this horrific story two days ago.

Dear Michael,

“You just slammed my head to the ground. Do you not even care about that?”

These were some of the last words of 28-year-old Sandra Bland. On Friday, Texas State troopers pulled Sandra over as she was driving to her new job for allegedly not using the turn signals during a lane change. What happened next was all too familiar and terrifying.

An eye-witness says police ripped Sandra out of the car, violently slammed her on the ground, and arrested her as she screamed for help. Just 72 two hours later, she was dead. Police are claiming Sandra took her own life, but her family and friends don’t believe it. Local District Attorney Elton Mathis has already said he has no reason to expect foul play and handed over the investigation to the same police agency that arrested Sandra.

DA Mathis said there was no reason for concern, despite the fact that an allegedly routine traffic stopped turned into a violent arrest is itself a cause for concern. Sandra’s family says that Sandra would never kill herself and that police seem to be covering up her death. We must demand that local officials release all video, information and photographs relating to Sandra’s unjust arrest, imprisonment and death.

The local police department and prosecutor’s office have a long history of racism and corruption. Last year, DA Mathis threatened a local Reverend who spoke out about racist prosecutions, saying he would release his “hounds” on the Reverend.5 Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith was fired from the police department in Hempstead, Texas for documented cases of racism.

According to her loved ones, Sandra Bland was a loving, compassionate woman, with a bright future ahead. Today would have been the first day at her new job working student outreach at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. Loved ones described her as bright, spirited, and having a thirst for life. She was also a vocal advocate against police brutality and often spoke about ending racism and police violence. Our hearts and minds are with her friends and family as they move through this unimaginably hard time.

But in a world where Black people are stereotyped as “violent” and police exist to enforce the boundaries of a deeply divided and racist society, who Sandy was or the life she was creating, did not matter. What mattered was that she was Black, and therefore, in the eyes of the law, didn’t deserve respect, didn’t deserve her civil rights, her freedom or her life. To be Black in America, is to be safe nowhere. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to be targeted by police and incarcerated than white women.

The Department of Justice and Attorney General Lynch have the power and responsibility to address the systemic police violence targeting Black communities. The reality is, racism, corruption and a deep-seated culture of secrecy prevents local and state police from holding themselves accountable. Without independent oversight, police will continue to kill and prosecutors will continue to do nothing. We should not have to demand justice, every time a Black person is murdered, but we will continue to do so until the justice system respects Black lives.

Please sign –

Urge US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to secure justice for Sandy and help end discriminatory police violence targeting Black people in Texas.

Thanks and peace,

— Rashad, Arisha, Shani, Lyla and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
July 16th, 2015

 

References,

1. “Sandra Bland Drove to Texas to Start a New Job, so How Did She End Up Dead in Jail?”, 07-16-15
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5001?t=5&akid=4541.1787854.KmqB0m?

2. “Family says woman found dead in jail cell would not kill herself; Texas Rangers investigating”, 07-16-15
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5002?t=7&akid=4541.1787854.KmqB0m

3. See reference 2.

4. See reference 2.

5. “Pastor says Waller DA threatened him”, 06-03-14
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5003?t=9&akid=4541.1787854.KmqB0m

6. “The Texas Sheriff Where Sandra Bland Died Was Previously Suspended for Racism”, 07-16-15
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5004?t=11&akid=4541.1787854.KmqB0m

7. “Incarcerated Women”, The Sentencing Project 08-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5005?t=13&akid=4541.1787854.KmqB0m

http://colorofchange.org/

3 comments

  • John Miranda

    Saw this story yesterday. Where is Al Sharpton? Where are comments from our President about this? ZERO. Because this womans death was not a government staged event. Better for Americans to ONLY talk about a BS hoax shooting in Chattanooga than to talk about police brutality.

  • IF IT WAS ANY PLACE – OTHER THAN TEXAS – IN THIS WORLD – I WOULD STILL QUESTION THIS DEATH, BUT IN TEXAS I AUTOMATICALLY KNOW IT IS A CERTAIN IGNORANT PREJUDICE MENTALITY WHETHER IT BE POLICE OR ANOTHER TEXAN. TEXAS IS THE WORST PLACE TO BE IN AMERICA, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR BLACK OR HISPANIC. I WON’T EVEN DRIVE THROUGH TEXAS EVER AGAIN, AND I AM NOT BLACK.

    WHEN TEXAS WAS STOLEN FROM THE MEXICANS, THE WHITE THIEVES CALLED THEMSELVES “TEXACANS” IN ORDER TO TRICK THE MEXICANS, THE SAME AS THE EURO WHITES WHO POPULATED AFRICA WAY BEFORE CALLED THEMSELVES “AFRICANERS” . READ “HOW THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CONTROLS THE WORLD” – AMAZON 2009.

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