(07-27-2015, 08:06 AM)DiscoStu Wrote: IIRC, Bland mentioned she had epilepsy, and early reports had the cop slamming her head down.
With all the reports of "edited" dash cam footage and conflicting information on her arrest reports, I'm thinking the cops aggravated whatever medical condition she had and caused her death, and now they are trying to cover their asses.
I can't put myself in her shoes, but I can't see how a woman looking forward to starting a new job goes from that to hanging herself in a cell on a traffic violation. I read the family was working on her bail, and certainly would have worked on getting her a lawyer, etc.
I agree, I also think that she would have been eager to fight back. Whether in court, or via her platform, "Sands Speaks", she seemed very committed and driven to her cause. 3 days in jail with a high probability of being bailed out soon, and the knowledge that the arresting officer didn't follow procedure, along with the knowledge that someone recorded it...I don't buy the suicide story either. And never ever have I known anyone to become suicidal from marijuana, or even combative or confrontational like it's being suggested. It's not adding up to me.
(07-27-2015, 08:54 AM)Loki Wrote: I've been following this via The Young Turks for about a week and a half. Like them I can't help but feel like it is a cover up on behalf of the police force. Nothing that happened with this case feels right and at the very least they should be held responsible for her death because they illegally detained her which would have then led to her suicide. However, I lean more towards their abuses leading to an untimely death and now they are trying to cover it up. My feelings could be a bit influenced by having just binged Orange is the New Black where an inmate ODs due to a CO and the CO then hangs her in a closet to make it look like suicide. It wouldn't surprise me if this were a similar case.
Have you listened to the voice mail she left one of her family/friends the day before she was found dead? Didn't sound very sad or even mad, just confused and irritated at how this could have escalated to the point it had. She didn't sound like a woman who had lost hope and might end it.
Yes, the voicemail sounded like she expected to be released, she did seem confused at how things had escalated so quickly. Something is definitely amiss in this case. Even how quickly the other officers that arrived on the scene were so eager to support the arresting officer. Quickly stating that she witnessed Bland kicling him when she clearly did not.