HOUSTON– “What happened to my daughter?” Geneva Reed-Veal asked. “What happened to Sandy Bland?”
After weeks of asking that question, Sandra Bland’s family is going to court to get the answer. They want to know how a stop for a minor traffic violation led to Bland being found dead in her Waller County Jail cell.
“The bottom line is, she should never have been inside the jail, period,” Reed-Veal said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit.
Bland’s family is suing Waller County, two jailers, the Texas Department of Public Safety and state Trooper Brian Encinia.
“Mr. Encinia is still employed and it just doesn’t make sense that taxpayers would be paying for the type of service that he offered on the 10th of July,” said Cannon Lambert, the family’s attorney. “It’s just not fair.”
The federal wrongful death lawsuit is looking for money, but mainly, the family wants answers.
“We are looking for Waller County and the individuals involved in this situation to take accountability,” Lambert said.
They’re also asking the feds to start an outside investigation to get answers about how a simple traffic stop could lead to a young woman’s death.