Brian Encinia entered his innocent plea on Tuesday evening with his attorney. The 30-year-old was indicted on perjury charges for allegedly lying about Bland's arrest.
The Texas state trooper who remained on payroll after he was indicted in the arrest of Sandra Bland -- a black woman who died in a jail cell three days after she was taken into custody last summer -- has been formally terminated.
Brian Encinia still faces misdemeanor perjury charges and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Bland family.
A federal judge heard arguments Thursday on whether a wrongful death lawsuit against the Texas state trooper should be delayed until after his criminal trial.
Sandra Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal has named 10 new Waller County officials in her federal lawsuit over her daughter's untimely death
Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw shared his thoughts on the death of Sandra Bland and how the actions of the arresting officer escalated the incident, The Texas Tribune reports.
Encinia is facing up to a year in prison and $4,000 in fines for not following protocol during Bland's traffic stop.
When asked what she thought about the recent developments involving Encinia, Geneva Reed-Veal said, "Where are the real charges?"
Encinia, seen on the video pulling Bland out of the vehicle while yelling "I will light you up," is accused of lying about how he removed the woman from the car.
Family lawyers say the Texas trooper lacked probable cause to make the traffic stop in the first place, and committed assault and battery during the arrest.
Bland's family has come out saying that they were never contacted during the initial probe on Bland's death and are calling the investigation a "farce."