A 2009 Prairie View A&M alum, Sandy had recently returned to Texas to begin a new employment opportunity with her alma mater. On Friday, July 10, 2015, Sandy was pulled over by a Texas State Trooper for failure to signal before changing lanes. The traffic stop escalated to an unlawful arrest at the Waller County Jail. On Monday, July 13, 2015, Sandy was found dead in her jail cell. The circumstances surrounding her death are at best unclear and given the information shared by Waller County officials to date, is very disturbing. Sandy was a precious daughter, cherished sister, niece, cousin, Soror and dear friend. Laid to rest peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2015, she will be grieved for immensely by all those who had the pleasure of understanding the blossoming of a young woman discovering her voice which resonated with those who truly relished in the moments to listen to her speak her truth, a truth anchored in God and love.
Sandra’s untimely death has garnered national attention and reignited social awareness regarding racial disparities within community policing specifically amongst African American citizens. Now that she has been laid to rest, the real battle begins as we seek to understand #whathappenedtoSandraBland while she was in police custody for 72 hours. Although the family continues to grieve, all efforts are being made to seek out the truth. If Sandy’s story has touched your heart, we ask that you join us as we move forward in pursuing #justiceforSandy. We thank you for your commitment to social justice and for standing in solidarity with our family.
Please be aware that this fundraising message is approved by Sandra Bland’s family on behalf of her mother, Geneva Reed-Veal and her sisters Shante Needham, Sharon Cooper, Shavon Bland and Sierra Cole.
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