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New details released on woman who died in Texas jail

By WITW Staff on July 21, 2015

Authorities in Texas released new details on the death of Sandra Bland, the woman who died in police custody after being arrested following an alleged traffic infraction. Bland, whose death was initially ruled a suicide, had been driving from Illinois to Texas to begin a new job, but her family and friends disputed that she would take her own life given the new beginning she was about to embark on. The case is now being treated as a murder investigation, and officials described the timeline of the morning that Bland was found dead hanging in her cell. Authorities said she hanged herself with a plastic bag, and released closed circuit video from inside the jail showing the response that occurred after a police officer discovered Bland’s body.

Read the full story at The New York Times.