The mother of Sandra Bland has returned to Texas to demand change, nearly two years after her daughter died in a Waller County jail cell.
Geneva Reed-Veal testified before state lawmakers Tuesday to call for reform of racial profiling laws, officer training for mental health awareness and de-escalation tactics, and other measures to hold police accountable in what was drafted as the Sandra Bland Act, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Bland, 28, had just moved to Texas to start a new job when she was pulled over for failing to signal in July 2015. The routine traffic stop led to the officer forcibly removing her from her vehicle and arresting her after he said that she assaulted him. She was taken to jail and, three days later, found dead in her cell.
Investigators reported that her autopsy findings were consistent with suicide. Bland’s family received a $1.9 million wrongful death settlement in September.
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Source: The Huffington Post