Bland, 28, was forcibly taken out of her car on July 10 for failing to signal while switching lanes and was arrested. Three days later, she was found dead in her cell.
Bland’s mother maintains she shouldn’t have been arrested and wouldn’t have committed suicide. Special prosecutor Shawn McDonald said Encinia was charged with perjury due to the reason he gave as to why he removed Bland from her vehicle. McDonald said the grand jury didn’t believe Encinia was trying to conduct a safer traffic violation.
The penalty for perjury, a Class A Felony, is punishable by up to one year in prison, and a $4,000 fine. The Texas Department of Public Safety said it will begin termination proceedings against the trooper.