Sandra's family says that Sandra would never kill herself and that police seem to be covering up her death.6
According to her loved ones, Sandra Bland was a loving, compassionate woman, with a promising future ahead. This would have been her first week at a new job working student outreach at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. She was also a vocal advocate against police brutality and often spoke about ending racism and police violence.
But in a world where Black people are stereotyped as "violent" and police often exist to enforce the boundaries of a deeply divided and racist society, who Sandy was or the life she was creating did not matter. To be Black in America, is to be safe nowhere. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to be targeted by police and incarcerated than white women.7
The Department of Justice and Attorney General Lynch have the responsibility—and the power—to address the systemic police violence targeting Black communities. The reality is, that racism, corruption and a deep-seated culture of secrecy prevent local and state police from holding themselves accountable. Without it, police will continue to kill and prosecutors will continue to do nothing.
3. "Why is the same agency that arrested Sandra Bland investigating her death, too?" Fusion, July 16, 2015