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.

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  • Mary Burrell

    Well I am hoping the racist swine will go to prison.

    • livluvlaff

      That is wishful thinking Mary. If (and that is a big if) he is indicted he only faces up to a year. He will more than likely do no time for a misdemeanor.

    • Mary Burrell

      IKR, A year in prison and a $4,000 fine that really is an insult to her family. And like you said “If” there is a strong possibility he might get off.

  • LogicalLeopard

    It’s very sad when a routine indictment feels like a major triumph. It shouldn’t be this way. We should have the satisfaction of people who do wrong things being at LEAST indicted for them. No matter if they are police or plumbers – it makes no difference, we’re all citizens.

  • livluvlaff

    Wow! Perjury is what he is called to the carpet for! Not the fact that he made a U-turn from traveling in the opposite direction to follow Ms. Bland for no apparent reason or that he stopped her for moving over a lane (something she wouldn’t have had to do if he had not set to make her his prey) to let him pass or that he was escalating the situation. Perjury is the best they could come up with. I just want to cry for her all over again.

  • [email protected]

    I’m glad that he has been indicted for perjury, but this is nowhere near justice for Sandra Bland and her family. This brute Brian Encinia harassed, threatened, and assaulted a black woman. Sandra Bland’s human rights were violated before she was arrested. After she was arrested, she passed away. The cops could have brought up the charge a long time ago. The authorities wanted to save face since they wanted to promote the illusion that somehow justice is made into a reality in this situation. Sandra Bland’s family has shown great compassion, faith, and strength. We can never imagine the heartache and the pain that Sandra Bland’s family is going through. I hope that the cop is sent into prison. There should be real change. We have to figure out any prosecutor who is against justice and vote them out. Laws need to be changed in order for society to address policing in our communities. Many cops have killed people with impunity for generations. The democratic rights of our people have been violated by police terror for so long.

    This is no made up stuff. This is reality everyday. There ought to be more transparency and the police occupation and injustices against our communities in America must end. We are a community and we have the right to stand up and speak up for our unalienable rights as human beings.

    • shybookworm

      Eloquently stated as usual, Truth. I wish he had been charged with more and that this had been decided much sooner. However, I am happy that he will lose his job and hopefully his pension. It’s a small victory, but at this point I’ll take anything. I hope the family wins big in their civil lawsuit.

    • [email protected]

      I feel you Sister. I’m glad that he will lose his job too.