Sandra Bland attorney says settlement 'absolute'
HOUSTON - An attorney for the family of Sandra Bland says a $1.9 million settlement with the Texas county where she died in a jail cell is "absolute" and the civil lawsuit will be dismissed in several days.
Cannon Lambert was responding to comments from the defendants' attorney that the settlement was not final and that the parties were still working through details.
Lambert told The Associated Press in an interview at his Chicago office that the deal requires the county to have a nurse or EMT at the jail during all shifts and to install electronic sensors to ensure staff are properly monitoring inmates.
Lambert says the county also agreed to help seek statewide legislation to seek funding for training jail personnel to better care for those in its custody.
Authorities have said Bland killed herself three days after she was arrested by a state trooper for a minor traffic offense. Bland's family later sued the county and the Texas Department of Public Safety.