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Family of Sandra Bland to receive $1.9 mln

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>> This family does not know what is being investigated.>> The family of Sandra Bland, the woman found dead in a Texas jail last year by apparent suicide, settling its wrongful death suit against state law enforcement for $1.9 million. The bulk of settlement coming directly from the Waller County jail, according to reports, where Blend was held for three days after her arrest.
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Family members claim she was, quote, willfully and wantonly mistreated, denied her constitutional rights, and not kept safe from injury, harm and death. Bland was pulled over outside of Houston by a white state trooper in July of 2015 for failing to signal a lane change. The stop escalated to a verbal dispute after the officer asked her to put out a cigarette and she refused.
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Bland was arrested and charged with assaulting the officer, a felony, with the incident recorded by the police car's dash cam. Three days later her body was found hanging from the ceiling of her jail cell, a trash bag around her neck. While the coroner ruled her death a suicide, Bland's family said they suspected racist treatment and possibly murder, fueling criticism of how minorities are treated by law enforcement across the US.
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Bland's mother telling news agencies that as a condition of the settlement, the Waller County jail must provide emergency nurses for all shifts, use automated sensors to ensure cell checks, and seek additional state funds for training and inmate processing.>> Information at some point, I'm going to assume, but.