Explosive findings emerged Thursday in the case of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman who died in police custody on July 13, 2015, after a Texas jailer admitted to falsifying log entries indicating he checked on Bland an hour before her death, The Houston Chronicle reports.
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The former jailer confessed to Bland’s lawyers that he forged jailer logs to show he checked on Bland, even though he did not. But Waller County has a different interpretation of his reveal.
Larry Simmons, a lawyer for the Waller County’s defense, said the jailer’s testimony was misleading and released the following statement:
“Numerous depositions have been taken in the case involving dozens of hours of testimony. It is a gross miscarriage of justice and a misrepresentation for any party to cherry-pick or mischaracterize a small portion of that testimony, and take it out of context.”
The Houston Chronicle reports that special prosecutors were informed in advance:
A source familiar with the state’s investigation of Bland’s death confirmed that special prosecutors were told about the falsified records but that a Waller County grand jury decided not to indict anyone associated with the sheriff’s office.
The jailer, a relatively new employee, relied on instructions he had been given to log future checks after he finished making rounds, the source said.
Bland’s family awaits a January 2017 court date for a federal wrongful death suit in their pursuit of justice.
SOURCE: Houston Chronicle | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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