Police written warning goes where Ohio is stowing

Traffic control with tragic consequences

A black woman driver did not turn on the indicator, was stopped by the police and arrested. Three days later, the young woman dies in her cell. Now there is a video of her arrest.

After the questionable death of a black woman in a Texas prison cell, a police video of the woman's arrest (from 1:50 minute) was released. The video recorded by the dashboard camera of a patrol car shows how a routine traffic check turns into a loud argument between a police officer and 28-year-old Sandra Bland (from 9:30 am).

Hanged with plastic bag?

Bland was found dead in her cell on July 13, three days after the arrest, according to official sources. Authorities said she hanged herself with a plastic garbage bag, but her family speaks of murder.

In the United States, excessive police violence against black people has been debated over the past twelve months. The Bland case was commented on on social networks under the hashtags #JusticeForSandy and #WhatHappenedToSandyBland. The term #SandySpeaks is also used - Bland had written about police violence under this in monologues on Facebook.

Traffic control escalates

The video was posted on Youtube by the Texas Public Safety Authority. The argument begins with the police officer stopping the 28-year-old from the US state of Illinois because she should not have blinked when changing lanes. He gives her a written warning. Bland looks irritated. She says she just wanted to make way for the patrol car.

The policeman asks them to stop smoking. After a defiant reaction from the young woman, he asks her to get out of the vehicle. She refuses, he tells her that she is under arrest. The policeman yells at her and threatens to drag her out of the car. Then he seems to be drawing a gun and declaring, "I'll set you on fire."

Finally she gets out. From now on, the two can only be heard, but hardly seen in the picture. Bland is heard saying, "I can't wait to go to court." The officer puts her handcuffs. Later she yells, "You're about to break my wrist!" More police officers arrive on the street.

Police officer on leave

After the US was rocked by a series of violence against blacks by white police officers, cases like this are being followed with great attention. A coroner had classified the death of the 28-year-old as suicide. The family counter that the young woman was looking forward to her new job at a university.

The policeman was given leave of absence. So far, the police authority has not wanted to determine whether he had acted right or wrong. However, Police Director Steven McCraw said, "Regardless of the situation, it doesn't matter where it happens, a police officer has an obligation to be professional and courteous and that was not the case in this situation."

Black man shot in Ohio

In the US state of Ohio there has also been a fatal incident during a police check in the past few days. A 43-year-old black man was shot dead by a white police officer in Cincinnati on Sunday after an argument broke out during the controls.

The father of 13 was driving a car without a front license plate and was apparently drunk when it was stopped, as reported by the television channel CNN. When the policeman asked him to get out of the car, a scuffle broke out, according to the report. The University of Cincinnati Security Police officer picked up a gun and shot the apparently unarmed man in the head. The Cincinnati police have opened an investigation.

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