What Bernie Sanders Said On Sandra Bland Can’t Be Ignored
He’s wrong on gun control, immigration and trade, but goddamn it he said it. I never thought I’d live to see the day a Presidential candidate say something like this.
Bernie on Bland
Bernie Sanders said late Monday that Sandra Bland wouldn’t have died in police custody “if she were a white woman.”
“There’s no doubt in my mind that she, like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a white woman,” Sanders said in a statement issued shortly after a grand jury announced Monday that it would not issue any indictments.
Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, died in police custody in Texas after being held for three days after allegedly failing to use her turn signal last summer.
If Bernie keeps saying this kind of stuff, he’ll quickly become one of my guys We talked about Sandra Bland In a plea for increased educational requirements and pay for police, we wrote:
Friends and relatives of Sandra Bland, whom authorities say hanged herself in a Texas jail after her arrest for allegedly kicking an officer following a traffic stop, are seeking more details of her death, saying the 28-year-old gave no indication she was in such an emotional state. However, Sandra Bland had posted a video to her Facebook page in March acknowledging she was suffering from “a little bit of depression as well as PTSD.”
In 2012, active-duty soldier James Brown reported to the El Paso County Jail to serve a two-day DWI sentence. Video of his time in custody has revealed aggressive force being used on him by officers, who ignored his repeated pleas for breath. Sheds some light on a death the county sheriff’s department claims was caused by a “pre-existing medical condition.”
If both victims deaths resulted from or were influenced by mental illness, even if there was no foul play involved in either (I think there was foul play involved in both), the last people we want interacting with these people are police as they don’t have the intelligence to form an understanding let alone procedure when dealing with these issues. This is purposeful, and again requires a renewed call for a more educated police force.