Amy Goodman

Sandra Bland's Sister Responds to Suicide Allegations, Lawyer Says Waller County Withholding Details

2015-07-24T02:44:57-07:00

"Democracy Now!" airs weekdays at 9 a.m. PT on KCET.

Law enforcement officials in Waller County, Texas, have concluded that the cause of Sandra Bland's death in police custody was suicide. But Bland's family and friends dispute claims she was suicidal, and say there is no evidence she previously tried to kill herself before her traffic stop escalated into an arrest. "Democracy Now!" is joined by Sharon Cooper, who is Sandra Bland's sister. The show is also joined by Cannon Lambert, the attorney representing Sandra Bland's family. He says authorities have given the family only "piecemeal information" from the autopsy they conducted, and disputes the relevance of tests showing marijuana in her system. Cooper says Bland should be remembered as "someone who was unapologetically confident -- and that's OK in today's world -- as somebody who was assertive and somebody who truly stood for what she believed in."



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