Trooper charged in Sandra Bland case appealing termination

HEMPSTEAD, Texas - The attorney for the Texas state trooper charged with perjury in the arrest of Sandra Bland says his client is appealing his termination.

Larkin Eakin said Thursday that the termination of Trooper Brian Encinia announced by the Texas Department of Public Safety is unwarranted.

Eakin also said his client reported that Bland reached into her purse when he ordered her to extinguish a cigarette before the arrest -- a move Enicinia interpreted as potentially threatening.

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