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Cop who arrested Sandra Bland formally fired after indictment

Brian Encinia and Sandra Bland (Photo Credit: Brian Encinia @Llinkedin and FaceBook @Sandra Bland)

Brian Encinia and Sandra Bland (Photo Credit: Brian Encinia @Llinkedin and FaceBook @Sandra Bland)

The tragic in custody death of Sandra Bland is once again in the news. The arresting officer, Brian Encinia, has now been formally terminated from his job with the Texas Department of Public Safety. In a widely seen video, Encinia is seen arguing with Bland and violently slamming her to the ground during a traffic stop. Encinia became enraged when Bland refused to put out her cigarette that she was smoking in her car. Bland died three days later in police custody, the victim of an apparent suicide.

Photo source: Texas Department of Public Safety Youtube

Photo source: Texas Department of Public Safety Youtube

But the conduct of Encinia during the traffic stop was a matter of heated public discussion and subsequent allegations of misconduct. In a letter dated January 28, 2016, Texas Public Safety Director Steve McCraw found that there was just cause to terminate Encinia over the allegations as follows:

-During the traffic stop of Sandra Bland on July 10, 2015, you failed to remain courteous and tactful in the performance of your duties. You engaged in argumentative discussions with Ms.Bland and you failed to exercise patience and discretion throughout the contact.

-During the encounter described in Allegation I, you prolonged the traffic stop beyond the time reasonably necessary to complete the tasks associated with the traffic infraction. Consequently, you extended Ms.Bland’s detention without a reasonable justification or legitimate investigative purpose for doing so.

-During the encounter identified m Allegation I, you failed to follow the seven-step violator interview.

Encinia was given a chance to respond to the allegations during a meeting on February 5, 2016 and a final determination was made on March 1, 2016. McCraw states in a letter to Encinia, “I have carefully considered all the points raised by you in our meeting on February 5, 2016. I have determined that you have not rebutted the charges set out in the statement of charges of January 28, 2016. No cause has been presented to alter my preliminary decision. Therefore, it is now my decision that you be discharged from the Texas Department of Public Safety effective at 5:00p.m., upon the date you receive this letter, pursuant to the authority vested in me by Section 411.007, Government Code.”

In January 2016, a Waller County grand jury indicted Encinia with misdemeanor perjury after finding he lied about his encounter with Sandra Bland. If he is convicted of the charge, he could be sentenced to up to a year in jail and a $4K fine.


  1. Aaron Mason on March 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Since it was an illegal arrest and she died as a result, doesn’t that make him responsible for her death??

    • Chellz on March 3, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      I don’t think so. Her decision to (allgedly) end her life was hers. Her family could sue for wrongful death, but given that he didn’t handle her anymore after booking her I don’t think that he’d be the responsible party.

      • Aaron Mason on March 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm

        If a guy robs a house and the owner accidentally shoots & kills the neighbor, the thief is charged with murder. How is this not the same? The cop committed a crime and someone died as a result.

        • guest on March 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm

          I agree but the rules are different for cops. They are always given the benefit of doubt.

          • Aaron Mason on March 3, 2016 at 3:45 pm

            Sad but true!!

        • Chellz on March 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

          “If a guy robs a house and the owner accidentally shoots & kills the neighbor, the thief is charged with murder.” makes no sense.
          But the guest is right. Cops aren’t held to the same standard as civilians.

      • wiseoldsnail on April 22, 2016 at 1:11 am

        there is zero proof that she ended her own life . she was abducted, then murdered by police and jailers

    • wiseoldsnail on April 22, 2016 at 1:10 am

      yes . this was a death occurring during the commission of a conspiracy to kidnap ::: felony … felony murder

  2. cupcake333 on March 3, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    ummmmmmm something smells foul here ….. when have you known the dam grand jury to do this? evenidence was just as profound when that rookie cop choked eric garner to death over cigarette boosting but no one was indicted? no this cop gets fired ..whooopty dooo .. like this decision will make .us resolved … this was a set up they had been watching bland the moment she come in town…. they didnt want no socal activist down there …in that racisist texas town . .. texans are racist… kkk rule the whole state from mayors in them hick towns to sheriff… they hate blacks and love mexican. . period. .. that why donald trump will not win texas…. the kkk went in that prison. where bl.and was resting ,,.pass those camera and killed thiis woman.. to stop other activist from coming down there … racim in this country a ugly nasty,. filty curse by they devil

    were so stupid to believe somebody color make them better ? no wonder the children of today so mentally ill ….ready to kill …look how we hide the slave history from white kids they dont know why
    older white people hate blacks then a young white male rebell on his racist heritage shooting up mall, school… its pitiful whites focus on black on black crime insted born mass white killers…who do you think the police were before they were ground men .killing LIL WHITE BOYS ..WITH NO EDUCATION on black
    hisory in this country. .. texas is a very racist state they killed kennedy in texas for his stand on civil rights … lincoln was killed for freeing the slaves there millions of john wilk booth in white neighborhoods .. . no one is safe from shot to the back

  3. Public_Programming on March 8, 2016 at 9:29 am

    He’ll just draw from his pension, write a book and get support from the conservatives.

    • guest on March 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      You’re so right. This is probably the best thing that ever happen to him.

      • cupcake333 on March 16, 2016 at 5:48 pm

        look at the pattern? go fund me been funding them up til people started noticing the link to kkk and go fund me .. this was a message to more cop .. to kill because you could retire rich … mike brown killer got $330,ooo dollar through GO FUND ME ….
        there you have it . .why not kill up some black get fired or retired , get support fund from your friends then top that with contributions from the skinheads of america!! wow you be doing great … who ever wrote the law cops cant be executed should be fired from goverment .. . cops are human they make horrible mistakes. people have end up dead from precievably holding a gun they never seen .. one blk couple shot dead sittingi n a car was worst then all the crime put together … we are under pressure to get it together or else .. raise a new generation of blacks killed for no reason … therre will be more treyvon martins n eric wrights in the near future ,, cop will continue to abuse power..,,.but the problem is they are not punishable by the law that punish us.. .. grand jury is not representing true justice in this country that why lawyer can misrepresent you have you locked up behind bogus evidence or no evidence yet still practice law…??? because white men set the standard for non fair justice ..

  4. cupcake333 on March 16, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    notice all the cops committing these senseless killing are
    1. young under 36
    2. ex military
    3. fought in afghanistan
    4. from poor white families not even middle class
    5. have no exposure around black other then military where white and blk solider dont coexist,socialize or hang together [email protected]!!
    6 most treated for ptsd post tramatic stress disorder ..
    7. most have connection with white suppremist orgiz before going to miltary
    8 .most join miltary to farther thier fasomation with guns power aka EX BOX 360 TRAINING!
    pay attention to how they hire in your local police force no more police academy.. just target practice and a gun a few siminar then put in a car like its a job at taco bell…
    poilice division need to clean up clean out …

  5. wiseoldsnail on April 22, 2016 at 1:11 am

    why do you say bland died in ‘apparent suicide’ … ? this was not an apparent suicide . this was REPORTED BY LYING POLICE as suicide

  6. Skyline Titans on March 31, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Good riddance!