I watched the videos, the long and the short versions. I followed the claims that she committed suicide, and none of it makes sense. I’m a retired Corrections Specialist, and the current police version of events borders on laughable.
They say they knew she had a history of a suicide attempt. Right there she would be on Suicide Watch. No plastic bags, you see? Their version of events is ridiculous to anyone who has worked in the LE Industry. So the official story is bullshit. That being the case, we only see the beginning: her abduction by the police.
They waste no time getting her out of range of the dash cam. But we hear. Is she resisting arrest, or being kidnapped? Listen.
Do you hear the officer trying to verbally defuse and cool things down? I sure didn’t, and I taught those verbal defusing skills my whole career. I know police were taught to de-escalate when I was working. This guy barks orders. He never answers a single question Bland asks. He, more than Sandra, escalates at every step in the interaction. He seems like a madman to me. And they charge Sandra with assaulting him!
And while we’re at it, why was she stopped in the first place? A cop once told me he could follow anyone for 10 minutes and have a citation. I find that hard to believe, but I don’t know. Just claiming he could put me on edge. It sounded a bit predatory. Maybe it’s just me.
So the cop is following close behind her. It makes her uncomfortable, so she pulls into the right lane, yielding as it were, to the cop car. But she neglects to signal, so they pull her over. He writes the ticket. Should be all over with. “Have a nice day ma’am and don’t forget to signal when you change lanes.”
What happened between the pre-ticket and post-ticket interactions that accounts for the officer morphing into a crazy person.
I was so proud of her. Her bearing was proud. The cop behaved like a criminal, but it’s a special kind of ugly when the cop is the criminal.
It’s unworkable. It’s indefensible. And let’s face it, this was kidnapping, assault and murder. By the guy with the gun and the “force” behind him.
Sandra repeatedly asked the officer what he’s so afraid of. Well, maybe it was fear, or maybe it was thuggery. And don’t forget she was a known activist who just moved to their town. My guess is they were harassing her, attempting to convey her unwelcomeness in their racist little town. If this doesn’t scare you, you aren’t paying attention.
Every shooting somehow the cop felt threatened. What kind of threat? Remember the cop who planted his taser so he could claim the man he shot was a threat to him?
If a cop is afraid to do his/her job, they should do something else. This “quick trigger finger” shit with citizens of color is bullshit. It must stop. And getting away with murder, that has to stop too.
Maybe if some cops do some time, the racist cowards won’t bother to apply. And good riddance.