Police Dash-Cam Footage of Sandra Bland’s Arrest to Be Released

Sandra Bland is seen in an updated Facebook profile photo. Sandra Bland/Facebook
Sandra Bland is seen in an updated Facebook profile photo. Sandra Bland/Facebook

Footage from a police dashboard camera showing Sandra Bland’s arrest during a traffic stop will be released later today as her supporters call for an independent investigation into her death while in police custody.

Supporters of Bland, a 28-year-old woman and Black Lives Matter activist who was arrested July 10 and found dead in her cell three days later, said today they have already seen the dash-cam video that they say shows an officer dragging Bland out of her car and chastising her for smoking in her vehicle.

“She has the right to smoke in her car. That is her right,” the Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant of Baltimore, who has been working to raise awareness of the case, said at a news conference in Texas this morning.

The Waller County District Attorney’s office will be releasing the video today. It previously told ABC News that officials there were waiting to release the footage after the FBI verify it has not been edited.

Supporters of Bland, the African-American woman who died in custody last week, have called for an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Authorities said Bland was found dead in the county jail cell after committing suicide, which her family and supporters say they do not believe.

Several church pastors from the area and others with ties to Bland’s family spoke at a news conference today, saying they and Bland’s relatives believe the case should be investigated by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice.

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