28-year-old Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Texas, after an unnecessary traffic stop and arrest by police officer, Brian Encinia, who stated she failed to signal a lane change. Encinia was hostile with Bland, who is black, rudely demanding she get out of her vehicle. When she questioned why, Encinia became very belligerent and aggressive, choosing to arrest Bland. Three days later Bland was found dead in her jail cell from an apparent suicide via hanging. All over a minor traffic stop that led to an arrest that never should have happened. Some do not believe Bland killed herself, as there are discrepancies with her mug shot.
Sandra Bland mug shot
Jail cell Bland was detained in
Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest was warned about 'unprofessional conduct' in 2014
The Texas Department of Public Safety released Encinia's personnel file in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press. Encinia had been with the department for a little over a year. For the most part, his file was unremarkable. He received "competent" ratings in all of the evaluations that were released. However, in an evaluation that covered September and October 2014, his supervisor noted that Encinia "was given a written counseling for unprofessional conduct ... for an incident occurring while at a school in Austin." The documents provided no additional details and a Department of Public Safety official did not return a phone call seeking comment Friday night.
The evaluation goes on to say, "In the future, Trooper Encinia should conduct himself at all times in a manner that will reflect well upon himself, the Department, and the State of Texas. This supervisor will ensure that this is done by meeting periodically with Trooper Encinia."…