Sandra Bland’s family reaches $1.9 million settlement in jail death – Chicago Tribune

The family of Sandra Bland has struck a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit, according to the family’s attorneys. Bland’s mother hopes it could eventually result in jail reforms nationwide.

Bland, 28, an African-American woman, died in a Texas jail cell in July 2015 a few days after a white Texas state trooper stopped her for a minor traffic offense. Her arrest was captured on dashcam video and released publicly, adding to an ongoing national debate over how law enforcement treats African-Americans.

Attorneys for Waller County, Texas, insisted the agreement was not yet final and required approval by officials there, but Cannon Lambert, the Chicago-based attorney representing Bland’s mother, called the deal “absolute” and that the family’s lawsuit would be dismissed in a few days.

Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, who emerged as a national voice against police brutality as she pushed for answers in her daughter’s death — told the Tribune Thursday that the settlement also calls for changes in the way inmates are monitored, which she says is the real victory.

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