A confrontation between a Texas state trooper and motorist Sandra Bland began after she expressed irritation at being pulled over July 10 for not signaling a lane change and then balked when the officer asked her to put out her cigarette, dash-camera video released Tuesday shows.
The release of the 52-minute dash-cam footage came hours after the Waller County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video from inside the county jail the morning Bland, 28, of Naperville, Ill., was found dead in her cell, three days after the traffic stop in Prairie View, Texas, about 50 miles northwest of Houston.
The dash camera shows Trooper Brian Encinia immediately ordering Bland out of her car when she refused, about 9 minutes and 25 seconds, into the video.
“Step out or I will remove you,” he said repeatedly, opening the driver’s door as she protested.
“OK, let’s do this,” Bland can be heard saying, as Encinia reached in and grabbed her. “Don’t touch me!”
“I’m going to drag you out of here,” Encinia said, unholstering what appears to be his Taser and pointing it at Bland.
“Get out of the car! I will light you up!” he shouted in anger.
Bland then got out, saying, “Wow, wow, all of this for a failure to signal.”
The trooper ordered her to the sidewalk, out of view of his dash-cam, and handcuffed Bland, who continues to protest her arrest. She complained about the handcuffs being too tight, and some kind of struggle can be heard on the audio.
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Source: Michael Winter, USA TODAY, and Larry Seward, KHOU-TV, Houston