State officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety upheld a decision yesterday to fire the police officer who arrested Sandra Bland.
State trooper Brian Encinia became a subject of controversy last year when he pulled Bland over for improper lane change and ended up pulling his gun during a heated confrontation with the 28-year-old. The rough arrest was captured on dash camera footage, and when Bland was found hung in her jail cell days later, Encinia drew the ire of social justice calls all across the country.
Encinia has remained on paid desk duty for the last few months according to Fox, and he recently met with Public Safety Director Steven McCraw to discuss the future of his employment. According to a termination letter issued by McCraw, he saw “no cause” to alter the agency’s preliminary decision to proceed with Encinia’s termination.
While Encinia was not indicted over Bland’s case, a grand jury did indict him for perjury and he still faces public accusations of police brutality, failure to rebut disciplinary charges, and violating general orders.
[h/t Huffington Post]
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