A grand jury announced Monday (December 21) no indictments will be handed down in connection to Sandra Bland’s death.
Special prosecutor Darrell Jordan told The Washington Post that no one, including the staff at the Walker County Jail where Bland was held, would face charges.
On July 10, Bland was stopped for a routine traffic violation. When things later became confrontational between her and the state trooper, Brian Encinia, Bland was eventually arrested and then found hanging in her cell three days later. A medical examiner ruled Bland’s death a suicide.
Bland’s death ignited protests across the country among many already emboldened by the countless deaths of unarmed black men and women by white law enforcement.
The grand jury’s decision comes shortly after Bland’s mother critique of the handling of her daughter’s case.
“Right now the biggest problem I have is the entire process,” Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, said at a press conference, according to the Chicago Tribune. “It’s the secrecy of it all.”