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Sandra Bland’s family reaches $1.9M wrongful death settlement

Shante Needham (C), sister of Sandra Bland, and Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal (L) attend the funeral. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

The attorney for the family of Sandra Bland, the African-American woman found dead in a jail cell last year, has reached a wrongful death settlement with Waller County for $1.9 million. Bland was 28 years old and had recently moved to Waller County when she was pulled over by a state trooper during a routine traffic stop. The situation escalated into a confrontation and Bland was taken to jail on a third-degree felony charge.

Bland was found hanging in her jail cell three days later in what police said was a suicide, but the official explanation triggered suspicions of potential foul play. In December, a grand jury decided to not press charges against anyone related to her death. “Thirteen months later, we still don’t have answers,” Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal told MSNBC. Besides settling the civil suit that Bland’s family brought, the Waller County sheriff’s office also agreed to have automated sensors installed, to ensure precise and timely cell checks.

Read the full story at MSNBC.


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