To Kill Rumors, Cops Release Hours of Sandra Bland Jail Video

They want to dispel theories she was dead before she got there
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2015 8:07 PM CDT

Authorities in Waller County, Texas, today took the unusual step of releasing hours of video of Sandra Bland in jail after her arrest. The reason was unusual as well—to debunk conspiracy theories that she was already dead when she arrived, reports USA Today. "We're hoping that by providing this video, that will dispel a lot of these rumors and mistruths that have been perpetuated," says county judge Trey Duhon.

The cache of video includes Bland arriving at the jail, answering questions, sleeping in her cell, making phone calls, and having her police photo taken, reports NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. "She was alive and well when her mugshot was taken," says Duhon, per CNN. He suggests Bland looks out of sorts in the photo because she had been sleeping just before it was taken. (More Sandra Bland stories.)

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