HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas county sued by the family of a black woman found dead in her jail cell says she killed herself because she was despondent over her relatives' refusal to quickly bail her out, which her family has long denied.
Waller County officials made the assertion in court documents this week in a lawsuit filed by Sandra Bland's relatives. Their attorney, Larry Rogers Jr., said Friday that blaming the family was "completely unnecessary and inaccurate."
The 28-year-old Chicago-area woman was pulled over July 10 by a white state trooper for a minor traffic violation. The stop became confrontational, and the trooper eventually forced Bland to the ground.
Bland was jailed for allegedly assaulting a public servant but unable to post a $500 bond. She was found dead three days later.