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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

MISDEMEANOR INDICTMENT IN SANDRA BLAND CASE


It's not enough.

This isn't nearly enough.


Officer Brian Encinia was indicted on a misdemeanor perjury charge said a special prosecutor on January 6 2016.

Encinia said he removed Sandra Bland from her car in order to conduct a safe traffic inspection but a Texas grand jury found that statement to be false. The perjury charge is only a misdemeanor, which means the maximum prison sentence is a one year or there could be a maximum fine of $4,000.

What happened to something like a false arrest, I don't know. I wonder if that was even seriously on the table, special prosecutor or not special prosecutor. More information will come out later, I suppose.



Here's to hoping the indictment alone ensures Encinia can never be an officer in Texas or anywhere else. Maybe the criminal case will lead to Bland's family being able to sue the city broke. 

Let us also hope that this is a baby step toward getting a real indictment on more bad cops nationwide.