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Sandra Bland’s Family Files Federal Lawsuit

In this undated photo provided by the Bland family, Sandra Bland poses for a photo. (AP Photo)
In this undated photo provided by the Bland family, Sandra Bland poses for a photo. (AP Photo)

HOUSTON (USA Today) — The family of Sandra Bland, the Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail cell last month, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Houston seeking to hold people involved in her death accountable.

“We are looking for Waller County and the individuals involved to take accountability,” said Cannon Lambert Sr., who is representing the family.

The lawsuit is filed against Trooper Brian Encinia, the sheriff of Waller County, Texas, two of the jailers and the Texas Department of Public Safety, Lambert said.

Encinia arrested Bland on July 10 in Waller County, Texas. Three days later, on July 13, she was found dead in a jail cell in Hempstead, Texas. Officials say she used a plastic bag to hang herself.

Many of Bland’s family, friends and others on social media worldwide have questioned that explanation. They say she was about to start a new job at Prairie View A&M University, her alma mater.

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