There is so much conflicting information in the Sandra Bland case it’s hard to know what to believe.
So let’s try to separate the fact from fiction as best we can.
The twitter rumor circulating that Bland’s mugshot was taken after her death is false.
Her family members and friends tell me they spoke with her after she had been booked into the Waller County, Texas jail.
She even left a voicemail to a friend one day later.
“Hey, this is me. I’m um- I was just able to see the judge. I don’t really know. They got me held at a $5,000 bond. I’m, I’m still just at a loss for words honestly about this whole process. How this switching lanes with no signal turned into all of this, I don’t even know. Um, but I’m still here. So, I guess call me back when you can. Bye.”
Jail officials tell CNN’s Ryan Young that Sandra Bland was having a hard time making phone calls from the in-cell phone provided to each inmate and just as much trouble getting in touch with family members and friends.
“Sandra Bland was having so much trouble making those phone calls that jail officials were actually letting her come out of her cell and make it at the front desk so that she could get in contact with friends or family. And according to the sheriff’s deputies here she was having so much trouble getting in touch with friends or family she was growing frustrated.”
On the jail intake forms, Bland indicated that she had attempted suicide as recently as 2014 because of depression she suffered after losing a baby, but she wasn’t suicidal at the time.
According to the Associated Press a suicide questionnaire that was among booking documents released Wednesday by Waller County shows that Bland also told them she was taking the anti-epileptic drug Keppra, but she also checked ‘no’ on the same form to a question asking why if she was taking medication.
The District Attorney also says preliminary autopsy results indicate Bland had marijuana in her system and cutting scars on her arm.
That’s the jail part.
Now the arrest.
Did the officer have the legal right to ask her to exit the car after Bland seemed upset or nervous?
According to legal experts I’ve spoken to, yes.
Here’s CNN’s legal analyst Danny Cevallos:
“The courts have said, nervous behavior, evasive behavior can satisfy that reasonable suspicion needed.”
But should he have is quite a different story.
Law enforcement experts tell me officers are trained to diffuse potentially volatile situations and the officer in the Bland case did the exact opposite.
He appeared to have escalated the situation.
There were also rumors floating around the internet that the dashcam videotape was edited.
The Texas Department of Public Safety explained the technical difficulties before and after they released the video.
The video was originally delayed because of the glitches during the uploading process.
Following the release of the video, the DPS responded again by saying they had previously requested the FBI examine the dashcam and jail video to ensure the integrity of both.
They made DVD copies available and uploaded a glitch free version to their site.
But conspiracy theories abound while the family and the world wait.
Don Lemon Separates Fact From Fiction In The Sandra Bland Case was originally published on blackamericaweb.com