After only eight hours on Monday, a grand jury decided not to indict anyone in the case of Sandra Bland.
“After reviewing all the evidence in the death of Sandra Bland, a Waller grand jury did not return an indictment in the death of Bland, nor were any indictments returned against any employee of the Waller County Jail,” said Darrell Jordan, a special prosecutor handling the case.
In July, 28-year-old Bland, was found dead in her cell 3 days after being arrested after a traffic stop. According to police officers in Waller County, TX, Bland hung herself, but her family isn’t buying it.
“We are not going to allow what they have done in a limited, secret capacity to prevent us from doing what we need to do to get answers for the family,” Bland family attorney Cannon Lambert told CNN affiliate KPRC.
“Right now, the biggest problem for me is the entire process,” Bland’s mother, Geneva Read-Veal, said. “I simply can’t have faith in a system that’s not inclusive of my family that’s supposed to have the investigation.”
The grand jury will convene in January to go over any additional charges that could be brought against the officers involved in Bland’s arrest.
Last night, Bernie Sanders weighed in on the outcome and spoke truths about the injustice system.
“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,” he said. “We need to reform a very broken criminal justice system.”