Hundreds attend Sandra Bland’s funeral in Illinois

Hundreds of people attend funeral of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in her prison cell after being arrested

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was found dead in her prison cell in Waller County Jail three days after she was taken into custody.

Official autopsy reports found that Bland had committed suicide by hanging herself. However, her family is questioning the outcome and has ordered a separate post-mortem.

More than 170,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Department of Justice to perform an official autopsy “outside the purview” of the Waller county sheriff's department.

170k calling for Dept. of Justice to launch investigation into death of Sandra Bland:

Bland was pulled over on July 10 for a minor traffic violation and was charged with assaulting a policeman.

The dashcam footage of her arrest shows that an officer threatened to taser her to make her get out of her car.

Another video recorded by a civilian shows one of the other two police officers in the arrest demanding the witness to stop filming the incident.

The officer concerned was moved to administrative department because he had failed to follow the proper procedures of his duty.

Local politicians joined the crowd of mourners in Illinois, most of whom that had never met her.

An African American woman told AP she attended the funeral just to show her “solidarity to her family and in support of the African American community and the struggles that we have."

Bland was 28-years-old when she died, and had been a critic of police brutality in the United States. “I want everybody to understand Sandy knew what her purpose was,” Bland’s mother said.

TRTWorld and agencies