Texas to release more footage of woman found dead in jail

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Published: July 29, 2015 1:23:17 PM

Texas authorities planned to release more video Tuesday of a woman found dead in jail after a controversial traffic stop, Sandra Bland during her three days in jail.

Texas authorities planned to release more video Tuesday of a woman found dead in jail after a controversial traffic stop, Sandra Bland during her three days in jail.

Judge Trey Duhon said several hours of jail footage will be distributed to the media Tuesday afternoon, partially in response to conspiracy theories about the death of Bland, who died in her jail cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop.

”Not only was she alive and well through the whole process, there’s nothing on the videos that shows that she was mistreated at the jail in any way, shape or form,” he said.

Duhon said the video will include footage of Bland sitting in a holding cell, making phone calls and having her mug shot taken.

Bland, a black 28-year-old from suburban Chicago, was found dead in jail on July 13. Authorities have said Bland hanged herself with a garbage bag, a finding that her family disputes. She was in custody after a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal escalated into a physical confrontation with a white state trooper.

On Monday, an initial toxicology report was released for Bland that two experts said raised the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody.

The amount of THC, one of the active components of marijuana, in Bland’s system was 18 micrograms per liter, according to the report. That’s more than three times the legal limit for drivers in Colorado and Washington, states that permit the recreational use of marijuana.

The Texas Rangers and the FBI are investigating the case.

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