Published on 08-03-2015 03:50 PM
AUSTIN — Legislators were outraged Thursday at a committee hearing over the jailhouse death of Sandra Bland that ran through the afternoon and into the evening.
Lawmakers on the Texas House County Affairs Committee grilled Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw over state Trooper Brian Encinia’s conduct during the now-infamous traffic stop that led to Bland’s arrest and eventual death in a Waller County Jail cell. McCraw promised a thorough investigation into the incident, to which state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, replied: “I will make sure of that.”
“I know the death happened in the jail, but the catalyst for the death clearly came from the traffic stop,” Coleman said at one point during an intense exchange