The Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, before her death under suspicious circumstances while in custody, has been fired. What took so long?
Reports Raw Story:
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw has formally fired Brian Encinia, the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the agency announced Wednesday.
In the letter of final termination, McCraw said Tuesday: “I have carefully considered all the points raised by you in our meeting on February 5, 2016. I have determined that you have not rebutted the charges set out in the statement of charges of January 28, 2016. No cause has been presented to alter my preliminary decision. Therefore, it is now my decision that you be discharged from the Texas Department of Public Safety effective at 5:00 p.m., upon the date you receive this letter, pursuant to the authority vested in me by Section 411.007, Government Code.”
Encinia signed the letter Wednesday morning.
Good riddance Earlier this year, Encinia was charged with perjury after being caught lying about details regarding Bland’s arrest and removal from her vehicle.
However, the misdemeanor perjury charge only carries a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Bland’s death was ultimately ruled a suicide. Rest In Power.