The Texas Department of Safety made public the video taken by the police car of Brian Encinia, the officer who arrested Sandra Bland on July 10th 2015 in Prairie View, Texas. He stopped her for failure to signal a lane change. Three days later she was dead in jail.
The first video they put out seemed to have been edited, the second one still has no time code.
In the video, at the 9:17 mark, when Encinia is about to give Bland a traffic warning:
ENCINIA: You mind putting out your cigarette, please?
BLAND: I’m in my car. Why do I have to put out my cigarette?
ENCINIA: Well, you can step on out now.
BLAND: I don’t have to step out of my car.
ENCINIA: (opening the door) Step out of the car.
BLAND: No … you don’t have the right.
ENCINIA: Step out of the car … I do have the right. Now, step out or I will remove you.
BLAND: I refuse to talk to you other than to identify myself … I’m getting removed for a failure …
ENCINIA: Step out or I will remove you. I am giving you a lawful order. Get out of the car now.
BLAND: And I’m calling my lawyer.
ENCINIA: I’m going to yank you out.
He says she is under arrest. He pulls out his taser gun:
ENCINIA: (shouting) I will light you up!
Like she is some kind of dangerous criminal.
She comes out. The action quickly goes off screen. She keeps asking why she is under arrest. He keeps saying he gave a “lawful order”.
At 11:52, while he is apparently handcuffing her:
BLAND: Are you fucking serious? I can’t wait till we go to court, ooh, I can’t wait! … You want me to sit down now, or are you going to throw me to the floor? … That’ll make you make you feel real good, won’t it? Pussy ass. Fucking pussy. For failure to signal, you’re doing all of this?
He gets the paperwork for the traffic warning. She briefly comes back into view, handcuffed, but still standing.
ENCINIA This right here says a warning. You started creating the problem.
Spoken like a true wife beater.
They go back off screen. It gets worse:
BLAND: You are about to break my wrist, (shouting) can you stop!? (In pain:) You are about to break my fucking wrist, stoppp!!! (the sound of some kind of struggle.)
ENCINIA: (shouting) Stop! Now! Stop it!
BLAND: I know you feel real good, you’re a real man now. You just slammed me, knocked my head on the ground. I got epilepsy, you motherfucker.
ENCINIA: Good! Good.
A citizen video starts here, at 13:50, showing her face down on the ground.
She says there is a knee in her back (14:11), that she cannot feel her arms (14:55) or hear (15:07).
He arrests her for kicking him (assault) – while trying to arrest her! There is no kicking on camera and no mention of it till 16:07, when she can no longer contradict him.
– Abagond, 2015.
Update (July 24th): Huffington Post put up a transcript of the video.
- Sandra Bland
- What to do if you are stopped by the police
- How to think like a wife beater
- the police
- Other arrests:
- Should George Zimmerman be arrested?