BREAKING: SANDRA BLAND DEATH NOW BEING INVESTIGATED AS MURDER

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By now you’ve probably heard the story of Sandra Bland who was arrested during a traffic stop on her way to begin a new job at Prairie View A&M University and was found hanged to death in her cell.

Just a few hours ago it was announced that the initial ruling of suicide is being set aside so authorities can investigate her death as a murder case. This comes after shocking video shows a rookie Texas state trooper tasing then arresting her for refusing to put out a cigarette during a traffic stop while she was in her own car. The officer has been suspended and is facing charges according to Governor Greg Abbott’s office.

Here’s a look at the initial arrest video which sparked controversy around the nation:

The Texas Tribune is reporting:

The probe into Sandra Bland’s hanging death inside a Texas jail — which a medical examiner ruled a suicide last week — now includes the possibility of murder.

“This is being treated like a murder investigation,” Elton Mathis, Waller County’s district attorney, said at a press conference Monday.

Mathis said he made the determination after talking to Bland’s family and to those who saw her last, including the bail bondsman, who was among the last to hear from her alive.

Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis discusses the investigation of Sandra Bland’s death at a July 17 news conference.

Bland, 28, was found dead on July 13 inside the Waller County Jail, three days after she had been pulled over by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia for an improper lane change.

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She was arrested and taken to the jail on a charge of assaulting a public servant during the traffic stop.

While the Harris County medical examiner ruled her death consistent with a suicide, Mathis said it is now being treated as a murder.

“There are too many questions that need to be resolved. Ms. Bland’s family does make valid points. She did have a lot of things going on in her life for good,” Mathis said.

The district attorney also said the dashboard video of the traffic stop in Prairie View that was retrieved from Encinia’s patrol car would be released on Tuesday.

After viewing the video, Mathis said Bland was not “compliant” with the officer’s directions.

“Sandra Bland was very combative. It was not a model traffic stop. It was not a model person that was stopped,” Mathis said.

On Friday, DPS reassigned Encinia to desk duties because the dashboard camera video revealed violations of traffic stop procedures.

Multiple agencies, including the Texas Rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have announced investigations into Bland’s death. Mathis said on Monday that the Texas Rangers are the primary investigators and that the FBI was supervising.

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