The Texas state trooper that arrested, Sandra Bland, in the July 10 traffic stop has been indicted for perjury and fired. If convicted, the perjury charge is a Class A misdemeanor that could result to up t0 one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
Shawn McDonald, a special prosecutor handling the case, told reporters that “the indictment was issued in reference to the reasoning that (Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia) removed her from her vehicle.” Brian Encinia stated in his police report that he took Bland from the car that she was driving so he could conduct a safer traffic investigation.
Encinia said Bland was out of control, calling her “combative and uncooperative.” Encinia would later arrest Bland for assault on a police officer. Three days later Bland was found dead in her cell, and authorities ruled it a suicide.