Family of Sandra Bland Orders Independent Autopsy

An undated handout photo provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Office shows Sandra Bland, who died on July 13, 2015 in a Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas. (PHOTO CREDIT: Waller County Sheriff's Office/AP Photo)
An undated handout photo provided by the Waller County Sheriff’s Office shows Sandra Bland, who died on July 13, 2015 in a Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas. (PHOTO CREDIT: Waller County Sheriff’s Office/AP Photo)

The family of Sandra Bland, who died in police custody Monday in Texas, has ordered an independent autopsy to be conducted today, a family attorney told ABC News.

The family expects autopsy results with 48 to 72 hours, family attorney Cannon Lambert said.

“We want to understand how it is that this kind of played out and what will end up ultimately being the cause of death,” Lambert said.

While authorities said that Bland, 28, committed suicide, her relatives say she was days away from starting a new job and would never take her own life.

Bland, who lived in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, graduated from Prairie View A&M University and was planning to move back to Texas. She was arrested on July 10 in Prairie View following a routine traffic stop, with authorities alleging that she was “argumentative and uncooperative.”

In cell phone video of the arrest that was posted to YouTube, Bland can be heard questioning officers’ tactics, accusing them of slamming her to the ground.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Gina Sunseri and Emily Shapiro

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