Texas fires trooper charged in Bland death

Sandra Bland
Sandra Bland, courtesy of Bland family via AP

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety says it will fire the trooper indicted for perjury related to his traffic stop and arrest of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died three days later in jail.

The department said in a statement Wednesday that it would “begin termination proceedings” against Brian Encinia.

Encinia was indicted earlier Wednesday for allegedly lying in an affidavit about the July traffic stop in which he arrested Bland.

Dashcam video shows the traffic stop quickly became confrontational, with Encinia holding a stun gun and yelling, “I will light you up!” after Bland refused to get out of her car.

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