Her crime? Smoking a cigarette in her car.
A simple "failure to signal" traffic stop from police turned into harassment from a police officer over a cigarette then an arrest and a suspicious death.
What happened to Sandra Bland?
"I am in my car. Why do I have to put out my cigarette?"
"You can step on out now,"
"I am giving you a lawful order."
“I’m going to yank you out of here,”
Encinia said as the two struggled in the car.
“I’m going to drag you out of here.”
“Don’t touch me, I’m not under arrest,”
“I will light you up!”
"You're a real man now. You just slammed me, knocked my head in the ground."
"Thank you for recording. Thank you. For a traffic signal. Slammed me into the ground and everything,"
"She found out her bond was $5,000, and no one -- she was calling and calling -- and no one was answering, and then after that she just broke down. She was crying and crying."
"She said, 'Momma, now I know what my purpose is. My purpose is to go back to Texas. My purpose is to stop all social injustice in the South.'Well, baby girl, you may not have stopped it just yet but have shed more light where needed.
Do you think Sandra Bland's arrest and death were SHADY?
Some twitter users really think Sandra was already dead in her mug shot, due to her shoulders being squared as if she was laying on the ground. But Sandra has the same shoulders in multiple photos.
Though, a good question would be, why does Sandra have on an orange jumpsuit if she is simply in a holding cell?
Also, the video of the incident seems to have been altered because a portion of the video repeats when the tow truck driver comes. Officials claim it was an "uploading glitch."
Another big flag is that the details of the confrontation were not included in the original arrest warrant written by Encinia. Officials released that report 11 days after the arrest — and eight days after Bland’s death in the Waller County Jail.
Bland’s sister, Sharon Cooper, said Wednesday that the arrest was “petty” and probably motivated by the fact that Bland was from out of town.
“She was pulled over for something so insignificant because an officer felt that maybe his ego was bruised,”
Cooper said at a news conference.
“Not once did he ever say he was threatened.”Social Media users are infuriated with the way things went down and they are not holding back. How do YOU feel about it?