The sheriff in charge of the Texas jail where Sandra Bland died after a traffic stop is defending jailhouse procedures amid widespread questions from the public.
Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith, in a statement Thursday, addressed aspects of the county jail’s intake and custodial process that have come under scrutiny since Bland, 28, was found dead in her cell on July 13, three days after a state trooper arrested her during a traffic stop for improperly changing lanes.
The sheriff’s office said Bland, who was moving from Illinois to Texas for a new job, died from “what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation.” Her family vigorously disputes the finding and awaits the results of an independent autopsy. Authorities said they’re continuing to probe Bland’s death, treating it like a murder investigation.
Some questions raised by Internet commenters and others about jail procedures have fueled conspiracy theories. Among the procedures that have come into question:
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