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WATCH: Sandra Bland recorded her arrest and the video was just released

“I will light you up!”

May 07, 2019 - 5:00 pm
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WALLER COUNTY, Texas (KFTK) — A video from Sandra Bland's cellphone has just been released showing another perspective of the infamous traffic stop conducted by a Texas state trooper in 2015.

"I will light you up!" state trooper Brian Encinia yells at Bland in the video, which was also heard in the dashboard camera video recorded from the officer's vehicle.

The traffic stop escalated into the arrest of Bland, who died in Waller County jail three days later. 

Until now, the 39-second video shot by Bland had only been seen by investigators. The Investigative Network of WFAA in Texas recently obtained the video after the case closed. The only public footage of the incident previously available was from the dashboard cam in the officer's vehicle.

Encinia said during internal interviews he feared for his safety during the stop. "My safety was in jeopardy at more than one time," Encinia told Department of Public Safety officials, according to the New York Times

However, the Bland family lawyer Cannon Lambert said the new footage tells a different story.

“What the video shows is that Encinia had no reason to be in fear of his safety,” Lambert told NYT. “The video shows that he wasn’t in fear of his safety. You could see that it was a cellphone. He was looking right at it.”

Since Bland's family has viewed the new footage, they are calling for Texas officials to reopen the case against the trooper who arrested Bland, according to WFAA.

Bland's sister, Shante Needham, told WFAA she and other family members believe the video was purposefully kept from the public, however Texas DPS said it was not.

“The premise that the video was not produced as a part of the discovery process is wrong,” DPS told WFAA. “A hard drive containing copies of 820 Gigabytes of data compiled by DPS from its investigation, including the dashcam videos, jail video footage and data from Sandra Bland’s cell phone, was part of discovery.”

After Bland's death, her family sued Waller County and Texas DPS, settling on $1.9 million in 2016. DPS fired Encinia, who was indicted by a grand jury for perjury. The charge was later dropped after Encinia relinquished his license and agreed to give up his career as a state trooper, WFAA reported.

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