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[Video] It Turns Out Sandra Bland Recorded The Traffic Stop Interaction That Lead To Her Suicide

Since 2015, there have been so many wrongful death killings of Black people by police that you may or may not remember the death of Sandra Bland.

The 28-year-old African American woman from Chicago made headlines after she was found hanging in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. At the time of her death, Bland was being detained at the jail in Texas and had been for three days. State Trooper Brian Encinia was the law enforcement officer who her during a traffic stop.

At the time, video of the arrested which was recorded by Encinia’s dashcam had been used by authorities to review the encounter. Now, new footage from Bland’s cellphone is prompting her family to renew an investigation into her arrest and death that occurred almost four years ago.

The video recorded by Bland surfaced Monday evening.

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According to The New York Times, the Dallas television station WFAA has been conducting an investigative report which includes interviews with Bland’s family and friends as well as the victim’s cellphone-recoded account of the incident.

At the time of her death, Bland’s supporters, along with the public, have been aware that authorities had released video from Encinia’s dashcam. They were not, however, aware that Bland recorded the incident from the front seat of her car. According to the NYT, a lawyer who represents Bland’s family by the name of Cannon Lambert has said that her video undermines Encinia’s claims that he felt threatened by Bland when he first approached her car.

“What the video shows is that Encinia had no reason to be in fear of his safety,” Lambert told NYT in an interview. “The video shows that he wasn’t in fear of his safety. You could see that it was a cellphone, He was looking right at it.”

Encinia can be seen in her video angrily threatening bland with a stun gun as she sits in her car.

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In the video captured by Bland, Encinia can be seen yelling at her angrily while pointing a stun gun in her face as she refuses to comply with his demands to exit her vehicle. At one point, as Encinia attempts to make an arrest and yells at Bland to step out of her car, he shouts  “I will light you up! Get out! Now!”

Bland’s video refused Encinia’s claims he made during internal interviews with Department of Public Safety officials that he was worried about his safety.

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“My safety was in jeopardy at more than one time,” he told department interviewers at the time.

It also disputes his claims during his country grand jury trial in 2015, for which Encinia was indicted on a charge of perjury. The charge was ultimately dismissed later by prosecutors in return for the trooper’s agreement that he would  “never seek, accept or engage in employment in any capacity with law enforcement.”

News of the newly released footage has already enraged users online.

Users of color are also citing the footage as a reason to support justice for Bland.

And political figures are already calling for justice to be had.

Bland’s death ultimately unified African-American figureheads across the country and led to the Sandra Bland Act in 2017. The act requires training in de-escalation techniques for all police officers and requires that people with mental health issues be set up with protections while in custody. Here’s hoping the video footage sparks even more change and good.

Watch the video below.

Fired Police Officer Kneeling On George Floyd’s Neck Arrested In Connection With Death

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Fired Police Officer Kneeling On George Floyd’s Neck Arrested In Connection With Death

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George Floyd is the latest Black man killed by the police. The Minneapolis resident was allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 when police were called. The resulting arrest and death were captured on video and have gone viral on social media. Stephen Jackson, one of Floyd’s closest friends is rallying support against the police officers responsible.

Fired police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested for George Floyd’s death.

The news broke on the morning of May 29 the fired police officer Chauvin was arrested for Floyd’s death. Black leaders gathered at Minneapolis City Hall and cautiously celebrated the news of justice. Organizers and community members are not satisfied with one arrest. Protesters and organizers are calling for all of the officers involved in Floyd’s death to be arrested. He is being charged with thrid-degree murder and manslaughter.

Floyd’s arrested sparked national outrage and reignited the “I Can’t Breathe” protests. The death of Floyd reminded people or Eric Garner who told police he couldn’t breathe when he was killed in 2014.

Minneapolis has faced mounting pressure from around the country as protests have sprung up demanding justice. The nation has been watching images of Minneapolis on social media and news channels.

Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player and Floyd’s best friend, has taken to social media to grieve and organize.

Jackson took to Instagram when he first learned about Floyd’s death. Jackson shared that Floyd had moved to Minnesota to get his life back on track. Floyd was working as a truck driver and was changing his life, according to Jackson.

“This is what I’ve got to wake up to. This is what I’ve got to wake up to, huh? Floyd was my brother, man,” Jackson says in the video. “We called each other twin, bro. Everybody knows that me and Floyd called each other twin.”

Jackson adds: “My boy was doing what he was supposed to do and y’all killed my brother, man. I’m on my way to Minnesota, man. Whatever I can do. I can’t let this ride, dawg. Y’all not going to be mad until this hits your front door. It’s bullshit.”

The sentiment has been echoed by supporters of Floyd who are seeking justice.

Surveillance footage released from a restaurant where the arrest took place shows a different story than what was originally reported by the police. The police officers at the scene claimed that Floyd was resisting arrest and that that was when the officers attacked. According to released surveillance video, Floyd was not resisting arrest.

The four officers involved in the death have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, but people are demanding justice.

Protests have popped up across the country as people demand justice for Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin, the police officer identified as the man who knelt on Floyd’s neck till he died, has 18 complaints against him for excessive force. Protesters are demanding the Chauvin face charges for the death of Floyd.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who ran for the Democratic nomination, has been called out for not filing charges against Chauvin in the past.

Chauvin has a long record of excessive force and Sen. Klobuchar seemingly ignored it. According to The Guardian, Chauvin was involved in a police shooting of an unarmed man in 2006. Sen. Klobuchar was the Hennepin county attorney at the time and did not bring charges against Chauvin for his involvement in the 2006 shooting. Instead, the case went to a grand jury in 2008 where it was determined that no charges would be brought against the officers involved.

As of now, there are no plans from the police department to bring charges against the four former officers.

Mike Freeman, Hennepin County’s current attorney, told the press that there was evidence that supported the police officers. Freeman said that while the video is graphic, there is evidence supporting that the police did not commit a crime in the arrest.

The mayor of Minneapolis is pushing to Hennepin county attorney Mike Freeman to file charges.

“There are precedents and protocols sitting in the reserves of institutions just like this one that will give you about a thousand reasons not to do something,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told the press. “Not to speak out. Not to act so quickly. And I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: ‘Why is the man who killed George Floyd, not in jail?’

Other Hennepin County officials have expressed a similar concern. The pressure is mounting on the Minneapolis Police Department to arrest the officers involved in Floyd’s death in the hope of seeking justice.

READ: Horrific Footage Shows Police Officers Shooting Teen In The Back Of The Head And His Partner’s Response Is Shocking

Another Man Grabbed A Woman Reporter While She Was Trying To Do Her Job Live On-Air

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Another Man Grabbed A Woman Reporter While She Was Trying To Do Her Job Live On-Air

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Illinois television reporter Gaynor Hall was doing her job when a man ran up and assaulted her while she was live on air. Hall, 37, had been providing viewers with a weather update in Shorewood, Illinois, on Saturday evening when a man jumped into the live shot, grabbed hold of her, and blurted out an obscenity. The man has since been arrested for assault.

The incident took place while Hall was reporting on wind damage that had occurred 45 miles south of Chicago.

According to Shorewood police, 20-year-old Eric Farina was the man in the video who “grabbed the reporter around her shoulders and uttered a profane and disturbing statement.” Upon his arrest, Farina was charged with disorderly conduct and battery. “Shorewood Detectives located Farina on Sunday morning at his residence,” the police said in a statement. “Farina made a full confession and was placed under arrest, bonded, and released.”

Farina was ultimately released on a $2,500 bond. His arrest came at the hands of help from the community.

Hall reached out to her friends and followers on Facebook and asked for help with identifying her assailant on.

***UPDATE*** Thanks to your help, he was identified and arrested. Thank you all so much for your kind words and…

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“Thanks to your help, he was identified and arrested. Thank you all so much for your kind words and support. I am ok and I appreciate you more than you know,” Hall wrote in a post to her Facebook page.

Before his arrest, Hall published a post with Farina’s face during the attack writing “A brief note to the young man who jumped in my live shot tonight: It was not funny. You violated my personal space. You grabbed me. You scared me. Was it worth it?”

Unfortunately, incidents like these happen often to women reporters.

In December of last year, a video was posted to Twitter of WSAV reporter Alex Bozarjian being assaulted on live television. The video showed Bozarjian smiling in front of a crowd of joggers who were running the annual Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run in Georgia. Runners streamed behind her, occasionally interrupting her reporting and making goofy faces to the camera. Things took a dark turn when a male jogger came up behind Bozarjian and slapped her on the butt before he continued on his run.

Bozarjian was visibly rattled by the incident, her face appeared shocked as she struggled to regain her composure, and stumbled over her words before continuing to do her job. A concerned viewer, Twitter-user @GrrrlZilla, recorded the incident and posted a video of it to her Twitter account. “We watch @WSAV in our house every single morning,” she said in a follow-up Tweet. “Their staff is like extended family to us. I’m furious about this.” Soon after the incident, the jogger was identified by internet sleuths as Georgia man Tommy Callaway and it turned out he spends his time as a youth minister.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 63% of sexual assaults go unreported and according to The Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct women decide not to make the reports for various reasons but one of the number one reasons including not being believed or fearing that the justice system will not consider the crime “serious enough”

Check out a video of the incident here.