Prosecutor: No Indictment in Sandra Bland Jail Death

Geneva Reed-Veal, left, and Sharon Cooper, center, the mother and sister of Sandra Bland, listen to attorney Larry Rogers Jr., right, explain concerns about the Texas grand jury's role in the death of Naperville resident Sandra Bland, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 in Chicago. As a grand jury investigates the case of Sandra Bland, a black woman whose death in a Texas jail shook a raw year in American policing, the state police force at the center of her combative traffic stop is able to shield some complaints under special exemptions and has used what experts say are outdated practices for keeping nearly 4,000 troopers in check. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT CHICAGO TRIBUNE; CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT; DAILY HERALD OUT; NORTHWEST HERALD OUT; THE HERALD-NEWS OUT; DAILY CHRONICLE OUT; THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has decided no felony crime was committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in the treatment of a black woman who died in a Southeast Texas county jail last summer.

But prosecutor Darrell Jorden says the Waller County grand jury on Monday reached no decision on whether the trooper that arrested 28-year-old Sandra Bland should face charges. The grand jury will return in January to consider that.

The Chicago-area woman was pulled over July 10 by a Texas state trooper for making an improper lane change. Dashcam video showed their interaction quickly became confrontational and she was arrested for assault.

Three days later, unable to raise about $500 bail, she was discovered dead in her cell. Relatives question the finding that she killed herself.

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