The Texas State Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland has been indicted for perjury and faces up to a year in jail.
Brian Encinia was indicted by a Waller County grand jury according to the Houston Chronicle.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia was indicted by a Waller County grand jury Wednesday.
Trooper Encinia wrote in a probable cause affidavit that Bland was “combative and uncooperative.” A grand jury indicted him for what unfolded.
“The indictment was issued in reference to the reason he removed her from her vehicle,” Special Prosecutor Shawn McDonald said.
The reason, Trooper Encinia wrote, was to “conduct a safer traffic investigation.” The grand jury found that to be false.
“I feel and our family feels it’s long overdue. It’s something that should have happened at the inception of this case and this entire situation,” said Sharon Cooper, Bland’s sister.
“I feel like it’s acknowledgement for some of his actions, but not the totality of it. And that’s the problem that we have,” Cooper said.
Trooper Encinia’s perjury charge is a misdemeanor. He could face on year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.