A grand jury in Waller County, Texas ruled on Monday night that no officers should be indicted in connection with the death of Sandra Bland, KTRK-TV reported.
Bland was found dead inside her jail cell on July 13 with a trash bag wrapped around her neck, three days after video of her arrest sparked a national outcry against use of excessive force against black Americans. Her death was later ruled to be a suicide.
Bland’s mother, argued in a wrongful death suit filed against county and state officials that Elsa Magnus and Oscar Prudente showed “deliberate indifference” to any risk of Bland killing herself inside her cell. The county responded by blaming “her family and friends’ refusal to bail her out of jail” for Bland’s death.
The jurors will meet again on Jan. 6 to consider lesser charges. The grand jury’s decision was announced hours after Bland’s family held a press conference in Chicago criticizing what they described as a secretive process.
“I can’t even begin to tell you what’s going on because I, myself don’t know what’s going on, to not have my counsel be privy to any of this evidence that’s being presented,” Reed-Veal said.