VIDEO: Previously-Unseen Sandra Bland Cell Phone Video Spurs Call To Reopen Case

A recently-released cell phone video filmed by Sandra Bland during her traffic stop has attorneys in a tizzy.

Austin, TX – Family members of Sandra Bland are calling for prosecutors to re-open the case against a former state trooper after Bland’s own cell phone video of the traffic stop was released (video below).

However, the prosecutor's office already had the video and it reveals no other previously-unknown details.

The dashcam video of the incident had already been released showing everything in her cell phone video and more.

WFAA aired the video for the first time on May 7 amidst a claim from the Bland family and their attorneys claiming that the cell phone footage had previously been concealed.

The Texas Department of Public Safety released a statement after it aired that said the cell phone video had been referred to “multiple times” in its report, The New York Times reported.

WFFA was first to air the video because they were the first to submit a public records request to get it.

The video showed Bland was filming former Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia when he ordered her to get out of her car during a traffic stop.

“Get out of the car, now!” Trooper Encinia demanded.

The video showed Bland disregarded the trooper’s order and instead sat in her vehicle arguing with him.

“Why am I being apprehended? You just opened my car door. You just opened my car door so you’re gonna, you’re threatening to drag me out of my own car?” Bland asked.

At that point, a visibly irritated Trooper Encinia pulled out his Taser and pointed it in the direction of Bland.

“Get out of the car!” the trooper ordered the driver multiple times.

The video showed Bland continued to smart-talk the trooper even as she began to comply and get out of her vehicle.

“And then you’re going to stun me? Wow,” she grumbled.

“I will light you up!” Trooper Encinia threatened in the video.

The video showed that Bland continued to scream at the officer as she walked away from her vehicle.

Then Trooper Encinia ordered her to put down her phone and she was arguing that she had the right to film him as the video ended.

Attorneys for the Bland family said that the cell phone video proved that former Trooper Encinia was not in fear for his life when he ordered Bland from her car, The New York Times reported.

All charges related to the arrest of Bland against the former trooper were dismissed in June of 2017.

Bland, 28, was stopped by then-Trooper Encinia for a traffic signal violation on July 10, 2015.

Her behavior during the traffic stop landed Bland, who had just moved to Texas from Illinois, in jail, according to The New York Times.

Three days later Bland was found hanging in her cell and her death was ruled a suicide.

The blowback following her death, combined with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson one year earlier, proved to be a turning point for the Black Lives Matter movement, according to The New York Times.

Although the trooper was not responsible for Bland’s death in custody, Encinia was indicted for perjury a year after the incident because a grand jury determined that there was probable cause to believe the trooper had lied in his report about the traffic stop.

Waller County District Judge Albert McCraig dismissed the charges at the request of the prosecutors on June 28, 2017.

Encinia's lawyer, Chip Lewis, maintained that the grand jury's decision to indict was based on emotion, rather than an objective look at the evidence.

As part of an agreement for the charges being dismissed, Encinia agreed never to pursue a law enforcement career again.

Bland's family settled a lawsuit with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Waller County Jail for $1.8 million in September of 2016, The New York Times reported.

Watch the newly released cell phone video below:

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Let me check? The poor bereaved family got 1.8 million. It must be gone. And they need another infusion of money. Such disgusting people. I hope they hire a lawyer, lose and spend the remainder of the 1.8 million, on lawyer fees.

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Burgers Allday

Glad they fired him. From his behavior in this new video, it is clear that he does not meet the standards that society demands from its police officers.


This lunatic girl with an attitude was probably suicidal to begin with. And seeing how her FAMILY loves the MILLIONS more than they probably loved HER, no wonder!!


penn v. mimms.


He caught a perjury charge because he LIED about the traffic stop. He lied about seeing her, doing a u-turn, getting on her bumper, and then puling her over because she failed to use her signal while trying to get out of her way. He got on her bumper to run her plate but since she failed to signal, she gave him an excuse to pull her over. After he gave her the citation, he asked he why she looked upset and she told him --- you gave me a ticket for getting out of your way. When police come up fast on your bumper with no flashing lights, they usually want you out of their way. She thought he was after someone else or going on another call. She had a right to be upset about that bogus ticket. But oh no --- he didn't like her attitude so he had to exert his power instead of just walking away. He asked her a question, she answered it. He already gave her ticket. There was no need for him to escalate the situation besides his desire to escalate it. He had to demand she put out her cigarette in her own car, etc, etc, etc. Her video shows exactly why he should never have been a PO in the first place. Her video also shows he NEVER feared for his life. He was angry because he didn't like the answer she gave him to HIS question. You all need to start expecting as much restraint from POs as you do from citizens. After all, they are the trained, public servants, right? They are the ones who are suppose to deescalate a situation, right? They are the ones with the guns and badges who have a higher duty, right?


This video was available 12 days after the stop! But NOT in this heavily edited model. Notice that all her abrasive conduct and cursing has been cut. The Trooper was having a bad day also, and was certainly abrasive, but it did NOT warrant the political lynch mob firing he got. The lawsuit already paid ! The Officer already plead ! There is no more to be done or can be done. Maybe the FAMILY should have paid the $50 to get her out of jail instead of LEAVING HER THERE!