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Sandra Bland family sues Texas sheriff for information

1 year 9 months 2 weeks ago August 04, 2015 Aug 4, 2015 Tuesday, August 04 2015 August 04, 2015 10:22 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

HOUSTON - The family of a black motorist who died while in custody says they've filed a lawsuit against a Texas sheriff's office and others because they still haven't received enough answers from authorities.

The family of Sandra Bland held a news conference Tuesday in Houston announcing the wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the 28-year-old woman, who an autopsy found died by suicide in the Waller County jail July 13.

Cannon Lambert, an attorney for the Chicago-area family, says the suit is meant to hold authorities accountable and compel them to provide more answers. Authorities have said Bland hanged herself in her cell, but the family disputes the finding.

Authorities have released findings of an autopsy, surveillance video showing Bland being booked into the jail July 10, her jail intake records and other material.

But her family says more information is needed, such as full toxicology results and her time of death.

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