Human rights organization calls for answers in Sandra Bland's death

WALLER COUNTY, Texas - Members of an Atlanta-based human rights organization Friday echoed earlier calls for Waller County officials to answer questions regarding the death of Sandra Bland.

Gerald Rose, president and founder of New Order Human Rights Organization, along with fellow member, Rodney Evans, met with a lieutenant at the Waller County Sheriff's Office.

Rose said there is public outcry for answers as to how Bland died while in custody, despite an autopsy report that confirmed she hanged herself in her jail cell.

"The whole world still has questions about the situation that happened to Sandra Bland," Rose said.

For one thing, said Rose and Evans, the first concern is Bland's arrest by State Trooper Brian Encina, which was caught on camera and is now at the center of an investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

"The officer involved in making the arrest is actually the catalyst to the events that led up to where we right now. These are two separate events and we understand that," Evans said.

The other event, of course, being Bland's death three days after her arrest while she was in jail.

The Harris County medical examiner ruled Bland's death suicide by hanging.

Bland's family challenges that claim, as do Evans and Rose.

"I do suspect foul play. That's why I am here. It's just to the fact that we don't know what happened," Rose said.

"Why wasn't she on suicide watch? If there was a concern, all off these questions should have been addressed immediately. Within the prison system if you have someone that's suicidal, they are immediately put on suicide watch," Evans continued.

Rose and Evans spoke with a lieutenant Friday morning and said that they will continue to do so as Bland's investigation continues.

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