Sandra Bland Cover-Up: Cop Speaks Out After Threatened by Prosecutor
The mysterious death of Sandra Bland sparked protests and controversy last year; as well as an inquiry into the actions of Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia.
The case was closed and Encinia was found not responsible for Bland’s death; however Prairie View Officer Michael Kelley is speaking out against that narrative. According to Kelley, Bland suffered from a head injury inflicted by Encinia that could have been the cause of her death.
Kelley told the media that “portions of his original incident report” which portrayed Encinia in an unfavorable light “were removed from the arrest record. The officer also said he was threatened by assistant district attorney Warren Diepraam for speaking out.
The district attorney’s office for Waller County denies Kelley’s claims; however the officer is not letting that deter him.
Kelly told the press that when he arrived on the scene of Bland’s traffic stop, she was handcuffed and in the back of Encinia’s squad car. He recalled Encinia had turned his body camera off, and was trying to decide what to charge Bland with – saying that he would “come up with something”.
Kelley explained Encinia “messed up” because “he did not have probable cause to detain her after he pulled her out of the car.”
This and another incident were missing from the incident report. Kelley said: “[Bland] had a large mark on her head. Maybe she fell when she was in handcuffs. Maybe she got kicked.”
On Diepraam’s threats, Kelley said: “He told me it wouldn’t be good for my career. Then I told him I was going to talk to Sandra Bland’s mother’s attorney, and he told me I was going to be beneath the jail.”
The officer of district attorney Elton Mathis told the media Kelley’s statements are “fictional” and revealed that Kelley has been arrested for “unlawfully” arresting a city councilman.
Mathis went on to say: “I unequivocally state that he never approached me, my first assistant, or any member of my staff with any such information. His job was never threatened by me or my staff, and I barely knew who he was before he was indicted.”
According to prosecutors in Texas, “it is clear” Bland committed suicide after being brutalized by a police officer for failure to signal after having been tailgated by the same cop.
Local media has interviewed Alexandria Pyle, inmate in the jail who was not in Bland’s cell, but allegedly in another cell “adjacent”, to gain insight into the mental state of the deceased.
Pyle told local media that Bland did not appear to be suicidal; however the police enclosed Bland’s cell so that no one could see inside, while taking an excessive amount of pictures.
Bland was an African-America woman who was driving from Chicago to Texas because she had recently gain employment at her former university and was stopped for an alleged traffic violation and was found dead in her holding cell of alleged suicide.
During the stop, according to the police dashcam, Encinia illegally opened Bland’s car door while demanding she “get out of the car” after she failed to put her cigarette out while in her vehicle.
Encinia has requested Bland put out her cigarette and when she refused, Encinia grabber her car door, demanded she exit the vehicle, and even pointed his Taser in her face point-blank while screaming: “I will light you up.”
All of this was done before Encinia legally placed Bland undr arrest. However, during her brutalizing, Blands head was smashed into the ground and her wrist was nearly broken.
As she told Encinia that she was epilepsy, he replied: “Good, good.”
And his accompanying female officer told Bland: “You should have thought about it before you started resisting.”
It should be noted that several times during the violence enacted by Encina on Bland, she repeatedly told the trooper that she was planning on taking this incident to court – implying that he and his department would be sued for wrongful detainment and police brutality.