After much speculation, the Sandra Bland autopsy results are in and the coroner is still maintaining there are no signs of foul play.
More from the Associated Press:
Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam discussed details of the autopsy of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities say was found hanging in her jail cell on July 13.
The autopsy showed that Bland had no defensive injuries on her hands that would typically indicate a struggle, the prosecutor said. Some lacerations or abrasions were found on her wrists. Those injuries were consistent with a struggle while being handcuffed.
The marks around Bland’s neck were consistent with a suicide, he said.
Bland was arrested three days before she was found dead. Her family and friends dispute the official finding. Texas Rangers and the FBI are investigating.
Bland’s death comes after nearly a year of heightened national scrutiny of police and their dealings with black suspects, especially those who have been killed by officers or die in police custody. It has resonated on social media, with posts questioning the official account and featuring the hashtags #JusticeForSandy and #WhatHappenedToSandyBland.
The sheriff said Wednesday that no one gained access to the cell and contributed to Bland’s death.
Bland’s family has said she was not despondent and was looking forward to starting a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University.
Afterwards, plenty of passionate–and powerful–social media messages were created. Best believe, the Sandra Bland autopsy was only the beginning.
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