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Friday, June 30, 2017

PERJURY CHARGE DROPPED IN THE SANDRA BLAND CASE



I hate to say it, but this was probably for the best since we weren't ever going to get any justice for Sandra anyway. 
All Brian Encinitas was charged with was perjury when his crime led to Sandra Bland's death. The driver of a getaway car is guilty of murder if someone dies accidentally during a robbery. To me this means Encinitas could have been charged with other crimes even if they decided they couldn't get as an accessory to Bland's death
Texas held up Encinitas' itty-bitty case for so long thinking we'd forget. And this strategy pretty much worked. After putting charging Encinitas with the most minuscule charge he could get away with, prosecutor didn't even bother to prosecute Encinitas for perjury. 
And now prosecutors are acting like they got something better. They making out like telling Encinitas he can never be a cop again or seek to have his record expunged was some sort of victory....like this little slap on the wrist is going to make black folks safer from people like him. 

If the prosecutor had been interested in prosecuting Encinitas he could have done all three things 1) charge Encinitas like he was serious about stopping police abuse of power 2) prosecuted him in court or pursued a plea bargain that involved jail time, and 3) made sure Encinitas could never hold a gun again or be in law enforcement. 

Encinitas thanked the prosecutor because they prosecutor deserved thanking.  Once again, the prosecutor did more for the cop defendant than his own defense attorney did.

After reading the article, I'm not sure that Encinitas can't leave Texas to become a cop in another state