In Texas, the state trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland for a routine traffic stop that ultimately led to her death has been fired.

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In February, state trooper Brian Encinia met with his superiors to mull over the next steps of his career, according to KHOU-TV, but Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven C. McCraw says he saw no reason to retain Encina’s employment.

Following his stop of Bland on July 10, 2015 and a grand jury’s non-indictment of any Waller County Jail employees where Bland was incarcerated and subsequently found dead three days later, Encinia had previously remained on desk duty.

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In January, Encinia was indicted on a misdemeanor count of perjury after a grand jury felt he lied to them while testifying about Bland’s arrest, saying she was “combative and uncooperative,” despite dash cam footage showing otherwise. The Bland family has also levied a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Encinia. If convicted of perjury, he faces one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.


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