Officials in Waller County, Texas argued on Wednesday that Sandra Bland’s family contributed to her death by failing to post bail for her before she died in a local jail cell, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The allegation was made in a motion from the county asking a federal judge to dismiss a wrongful death suit filed by Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, against the county, the state Department of Public Safety and officers Elsa Magnus and Oscar Prudente. The suit contends that Magnus and Prudente, who processed Bland during her incarceration, showed “deliberate indifference” to the risk of her killing herself.
But attorneys for the county said that not only did Magnus and Prudenty follow proper procedure while Bland was in custody, but Bland’s family was in the wrong for not paying the $515 necessary to release her. Bland was originally held on $5,000 bail.
“It is apparent now that Bland’s inability to secure her release from jail — and her family and friends’ refusal to bail her out of jail — led her to commit suicide,” the motion stated.
Bland’s case drew national attention after dashcam footage of her arrest on July 10 circulated online. She was found dead three days later. The county’s motion included a copy of the autopsy pronouncing her death a suicide.
An attorney for Reed-Veal, Cannon Lambert, filed a separate motion asking for the complete footage from Bland’s time in custody as well as additional documentation. He also criticized the county’s attempt to blame Bland’s suicide on her family.
“I think it’s amazing that they said that,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “I’m not sure how they can say that without having taken my client’s deposition.”
The issue will be heard in court on Tuesday.
Watch a report on the county’s motion to dismiss the suit, as aired on KTRK-TV, below.
#AdamSchiffROCKS trends nationwide as House manager begins the prosecution of Donald Trump
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee spent two hours and twenty minutes on his opening arguments in the prosecution of President Donald Trump.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), in his role as lead impeachment manager, laid out the case of why the House of Representatives concluded that Trump should be removed from office following his Senate impeachment trial.
Schiff, who has a reputation as a somewhat-boring former prosecutor, impressed people watching the hearings to the point where "Adam Schiff Rocks" trended nationwide on Twitter.
WATCH: Adam Schiff takes a thinly veiled shot at Alan Dershowitz during impeachment trial
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Wednesday took a thinly veiled shot at Alan Dershowitz, who has agreed to serve on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team.
During his opening statement, Schiff ridiculed the argument made by Dershowitz that presidents cannot be impeached on charges of abuse of power, which is what Trump has been impeached on and what former President Richard Nixon would have been impeached on had he not resigned.
"You will hear the president's lawyers make the astounding claim that you can't impeach a president for abusing the powers of his office," Schiff said.
Jim Jordan scorched by Dem challenger over OSU sex abuse denials: ‘This is a damning to hell lie’
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) denied claims that he knew about the sex abuse of college wrestlers by a team physician when he was a coach at Ohio State University -- and his Democratic challenger Shannon Freshour called him a liar.
At least four former wrestlers and a referee have said they complained to Jordan about Dr. Richard Strauss -- but the Ohio Republican dismissed their claims as ridiculous, reported WCMH-TV.
"The idea that I wouldn’t stand up for our athletes if I thought there was some kind of harm happening to them is ridiculous," Jordan told the station. "I’ve stood up to the FBI. I’ve stood up to the IRS. I’ve stood up to Adam Schiff. I’ve stood up to John Boehner, the speaker of the House from our own state in our own party. So, if I think, there was, if I thought there was something wrong or if I knew there was something wrong happening, I would have stood up for him. But like I said, everyone, every single coach has said the same thing I have because the reason they’ve said that just because that’s the truth."