By Dana Liebelson & Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post, published July 13, 2016.
…and since then, at least 810 people have lost their lives in jail.
In case you have forgotten the details, Sandra Bland was pulled over by a Texas state trooper on July 13, 2015 for failing to signal a lane change. The trooper instructed her to put out her cigarette but she questioned the need for that and refused to exit her vehicle. As a result, she was arrested for assaulting an officer and taken to jail and ended up with a $500 bondsman’s fee. But she was dead within 65 hours, found hanged with a noose made from a garbage bag.
There are so many questions associated with this death. What happened in jail? How could she have gotten to this point of despair so quickly? Especially after viewing the officer’s dash cam, it didn’t seem possible.
Reporters for The Huffington Post have reviewed the 811 people who died in jail since July 13, 2015, an average of two per day. Although there are those who feel Sandra Bland did not kill herself, the incident look all too familiar. The reporters found that “at least one-third of people died within three days of being booked.” They also found that “African-Americans make up 13% of the US population and, on average, 32% of people who died in jail between 2000 and 2013.”
Since suicide is the leading cause of death in jails, there are many unanswered questions. Read the full article.