“I will light you up!” Video shows traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland’s death

Waller County, Tex., officials released video yesterday from a dashboard camera showing Sandra’s Bland’s arrest in a traffic stop. She was found dead in a jail cell three days later. 

The 52-minute video shows Brian Encinia pulling Bland over and then threatening to “yank her out” and “light her up” with a taser for refusing to get out of her car. Later off-camera, Bland is heard screaming that Encinia is about to break her wrist and that he slammed her head against the ground. She tells him she has epilepsy.

Encinia’s response? “Good.”

Along with his violently callous behavior, apparent edits to to the video only continue to raise suspicions police have been desperately trying to allay. Ava DuVerney posted on Twitter: “I edit footage for a living. But anyone can see that this official video has been cut.”

Bland, a vibrant 28-year-old from Chicago’s suburbs, was a Black Lives Matter civil rights activist and vocal critic of police brutality. And now she’s another Black woman dead in police custody.

As DuVerney asks: Read. Watch. Why?

Mahroh is a community organizer and law student who believes in building a world where black and brown women and our communities are able to live free of violence. Prior to law school, Mahroh was the Executive Director of Know Your IX, a national survivor- and youth-led organization empowering students to end gender violence and a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research addresses the ways militarization, racism, and sexual violence impact communities of color transnationally.

Mahroh is currently at Harvard Law School, organizing against state and gender-based violence.

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