Trooper in Sandra Bland Arrest Disciplined Last Year

Brian Encinia got into trouble for an incident at a school
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2015 5:02 PM CDT
A video still from trooper Brian Encinia's encounter with Sandra Bland.   (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)

(Newser) – The trooper who arrested Sandra Bland is on desk duty, having been cited for unspecified violations of traffic-stop procedures and his department's "courtesy policy." It turns out that this isn't Brian Encinia's first brush with misconduct. The Houston Chronicle reports that the 30-year-old was disciplined for an incident that occurred last year at a school in Austin. "Trooper Encinia was given a written counseling for unprofessional conduct," wrote Texas Department of Public Safety officials in a performance evaluation. "In the future, Trooper Encinia should conduct himself at all times in a manner that will reflect well on himself, the Department, and the state of Texas."

No further details about the incident were available, and Encinia was deemed "competent" by his superiors. One wrote that he would "meet periodically" with the trooper to make sure that he was on track. Also in the files is the observation that Encinia "appears to operate effectively under stress," ''continues to use good problem solving skills and judgment while working patrol," and "appears to treat others in a respectful manner," reports AP.

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