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Sat Jul 23, 2016, 06:24 AM

Former guard admits he didn't check on Sandra Bland before she died, lawyer says

A former guard at the Waller County Jail told the attorney of Sandra Bland's mother under oath that he falsified entries on a jail log, making it appear as though he had checked on Bland in the hour before she was found dead, when he had not.

According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, a source familiar with the state's investigation of Bland's death confirmed prosecutors were aware of the falsified records, but a Waller County grand jury decided not to indict anyone with the sheriff's office.

Cannon Lambert, the attorney for Bland's mother, said Rafael Zuniga, the former guard, told him he noted in the jail log that he saw Bland in her cell at 8:01 a.m., less than an hour before she was found hanged with a noose made from a plastic bag.

But according to the former guard's new testimony, no one checked on Bland at that time, Lambert told the Chronicle. Zuniga said he had been given instruction to log future checks before they had been completed, according to the Chronicle's report.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20160722-former-guard-admits-he-didn-t-check-on-sandra-bland-before-she-died-lawyer-says.ece

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TexasTowelie Jul 2016 OP
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Jul 23, 2016, 06:59 AM

1. Jesus!

This case is as heartbreaking as it gets! I can't believe heads aren't rolling, it's such an egregious miscarriage of justice - with so many unanswered questions! How does a lane change land anyone in jail, let alone dead?? Especially someone who had everything in the world to look forward to??

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 23, 2016, 07:08 AM

3. Sheer incompetence

and sheer negligence. I usually do not favor large jury awards against law enforcement because the costs are borne by the taxpayers, but there has been many wrongs regarding the arrest and her time in jail that I hope that Waller County gets hit hard. Unfortunately the county has a history of racial injustice and there are plenty of people that control the county who have no qualms about it.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 23, 2016, 07:45 AM

4. Something has to have happened and someone is responsible

No one ends up dead - or in jail - even if there was a minor traffic violation. The last time I was stopped, I apparently made an illegal turn into a gas station. There was apparently a sign - which I didn't see. The police officer asked me if I knew why I'd been stopped - and I told him I had no idea. So he told me and I said I wouldn't do it again - and he sent me on my way. I'm guessing that happens pretty often at that particular station. But I was actually in the wrong. They owe Sandra Bland's family justice for her senseless death, yet no one can even explain what happened?? I agree - where is the outrage??

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Jul 23, 2016, 07:04 AM

2. An outrage

made worse if no heads roll over this.

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