Texas District AttorneyOn Monday, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis held a press conference (see video below) to announce the appointment of a committee to review the suspicious circumstances behind the death of Sandra Bland. This committee will purportedly be comprised of “outside lawyers.” According to to Mathis’ press conference, this committee is expected to present its findings to a grand jury at some point during the month of August.

Via NBC News:

“There are many lingering questions regarding the death of Sandra Bland, and I’ve asked Mr. White and Mr. Jordan to assist me in asking those hard questions and making sure they are answered in a timely and appropriate manner as the evidence takes shape and is presented to my office,” he said.

Sandra Bland, of course, was a young woman who had a history of being outspoken about police brutality and racism by the police and who supposedly killed herself in jail after being arrested for a minor traffic offense. The fact that she was arrested at all, as well as the unnecessarily aggressive behavior of Trooper Brian Encinia during that arrest, have caused national controversy. In addition, the idea that she would kill herself over such a minor offense and after having expressed a desire to fight the charges within the days prior has been questioned.

On the face of it, an investigation by an outside group, rather than the typical “investigation” conducted by the co-workers of the cops that committed a questionable killing, would seem to be a step in the right direction. However, as has been pointed out on CopBlock.org previously, grand juries are typically used to cover up crimes by public officials, not to seek true justice.

Click Here (Spoiler, the grand jury was a sham.)
Click Here to read this previous post. (Spoiler, the grand jury was a sham.)

When citizens go before grand juries, the overwhelmingly common result is for an indictment to follow. On the other hand, the complete opposite is true when police are the subject of grand juries. Indictments of cops are almost unheard of. A big part of that is because the evidence, witnesses, and questions asked are controlled by the district attorney’s office, which is often friendly with and dependent on the cooperation of police to win their cases.

Another complication is the fact that grand juries are a secretive process, where witnesses, jurors, and everyone else involved can be criminally prosecuted if they divulge what went on during the case. As a result, any improprieties are covered up by default. Essentially, prosecutors can intentionally “throw the game” by putting on evidence that supports the police version of events and avoiding questions that don’t and nobody even knows what went on. So contesting those actions is both illegal and close to impossible.

The idea that a jury saw the evidence and decided not to indict the cop is cited as proof that the police were in the right. However, the jury only sees the evidence and hears from the witnesses that the D.A. wants them to. It’s an old story with a predictable ending.

Another question that has to be asked is just how much of an “outsider” the lawyers on this committee will be. Police review boards, even those presented as independent “civilian” boards, have typically been stacked with police supporters and used as a ploy to legitimize police findings rather than genuinely investigate their actions.

Here in Las Vegas, the “Use of Force” board was on paper comprised of one half civilians and the other half police officers. However, the reality was that those civilians primarily consisted of ex-police officers from other states or the family members of police. Once criticism was raised about that, people with a connection to police were banned from being used as civilians on the board.

Not long after that, a majority of the civilians serving on the reformed board resigned after their recommendation to fire a cop who confused a hat with a gun and shot a man was disregarded. Thus was exposed the other reality of “independent” review boards. Police departments typically ensure that, even if they don’t follow the script, they have no real teeth with which to take a bite out of police crimes.

Grand Jury Rubber Stamp
Justice or a Rubber Stamp?

It’s still early in the game with this particular “outside committee” in Texas, but there are already some questions about whether these outsiders are really going to just be hand-picked ringers. Lewis White and Darrell Jordan, the lead attorneys on the committee, are both former prosecutors. That includes a year with the Waller County (where Sandra Bland was arrested) District Attorney’s Office for White and over eleven years as an assistant district attorney for Jordan.

Darrell Jordan also has a background of seeking political office, which isn’t necessarily incriminating, but often necessitates courting the support and endorsements of police departments and the unions that represent officers within those departments. If he has future aspirations for elected office he might not want to cross them. There’s also an interesting and maybe very telling skeleton in his closet.

Back in 2007, Jordan’s law firm was sued over a “pump and dump” investment scheme, where stocks for shell companies are artificially inflated and then sold abruptly, creating huge profits for those in on the scheme but rendering the vast majority of investors’ stocks worthless. During the run-up to the lawsuit going to trial (a settlement was eventually reached), one of the lawyers in Jordan’s firm was caught attempting to destroy evidence that was subject to discovery requirements, but that heavily incriminated their firm.

Jordan, who was the managing partner of the firm at the time, served as the executive committee liaison during an investigation into that incident. In spite of the documents in question being retrieved from a garbage can outside of Dallas and the existence of photos of them being dumped there, that executive committee failed to find any proof of wrongdoing. Later Jordan himself drew comparisons to Sgt. Schultz from “Hogan’s Heroes” for his claims of not knowing anything about the incident involving the documents being taken to the outskirts of the city and thrown in a secluded dumpster during a deposition for the case.

Forgive me if I’m a bit uninspired by the prospects of these “outsiders” conducting a proper investigation and doing anything except rubber-stamping the official story down there in Texas at the moment.

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48 Comments

  1. The whole Sandra Bland case smells rotten to the core. Sad thing is, there are people who know what happened in that jail cell. But the rest of the world will never know, and I will not believe a single word of anything I read regarding her death. She’s dead because a person wearing a costume didn’t like the fact she didn’t put out her cigarette. And that’s a fact.

    1. No, she killed herself. An autopsy proved that. She also had a cellmate for a while who said she was crying and talked about killing herself. Get the facts first

      1. And autopsy cannot prove if you killed yourself dumb shit, all it can prove is what killed you. You must work several hours a day at being stupid to be this stupid.

        1. Yes, an autopsy can prove if you killed yourself or not. They use autopsies to determine how someone dies. Homicides, suicides, suspicious deaths. Are you truly this fucking stupid or do you work at it

    2. You can argue the arrest in court, her suicide is irrefutable.

        1. Did you see someone strangle her?

          1. I saw a pig kidnap and cage her because he was a pissed off little coward.
            My own experience with corrupt police, judges, and prosecutors prove they are ALL crooks.
            Smart money says she was MURDERED..

          2. So what you are saying is you did see anyone strangle her.

          3. No, he was addressing how “put out your cigarette while sitting in your car when I’m ready to give you a warning” became contempt of cop. He was also saying she was murdered, but that came well after the pissed off little coward.

            Are there any adult cops or adult apologists here? All he had to do was hand her the warning or citation, maybe get her signature if Texas actually requires it, and send her on her way. Instead he made a big deal out of a cigarette, because of course that cigarette could have been a deadly weapon, but more because he gave an order and she refused.

            There are two phrases to describe his reaction. One is concise, “contempt of cop”, and the other is expansive, “South Park”.

            All this over a cigarette…and no adults present, but one was a trained professional.

          4. She wasn’t strangled, she was hanged. Right now there’s an investigation to try to determine if she hanged herself or if someone else hanged her.

            Did you see her hang herself? If you did, they want you to testify.

          5. She was in her cell, alone, no came in or out, until her body was discovered.

            I seem to recall the opening the M*A*S*H.

          6. Neglecting M*A*S*H, I’ll tell you the same thing I wrote to t.: “It’s being investigated because it doesn’t make sense. Hey, the people
            here didn’t determine it needed to be investigated as a murder. That was
            the legal system that did. Go argue with them on how they are wasting
            their time because you know better.”

            Think about what you say of Copblockers and their articles. What is it that you are doing differently?

          7. The only reason it’s being treated as a homicide is because she’s black, and in a Texas jail. I see nothing yet that would lead a reasonable person that this wasn’t suicide. I see now some are trying to spin that her mug shots were actually taken after her death, until they released the actual video of the book-in. Spin away.

          8. So when you use the race card it’s a truth?
            Like I wrote before, take it up with the people that are looking at it as a possible murder. The people in the legal system, tell them you see nothing but race.
            Really, ersatz Sharpton, the race card?

          9. Ray:
            Geez.

            Are you like the most naive person ever?

            It’s gonna investigated like a murder….because it doesn’t make sense.

            True…it makes no sense that someone would hang themselves over being arrested for a simple misdemeanor.

            Makes no sense

            But people kill themselves over Facebook posts. Or losing a job. Or a boyfriend.
            Happens all the time. Everyday.

            But YOU think that it makes sense that:
            Jailers that don’t work with the trooper that arrested her…would risk not just their jobs but potentially their lives (death penalty is used a lot in Texas) to kill some random inmate?

            And to do this…
            They alter all the video and audio
            They get all the other inmates to lie
            They hack Facebook to plant comments about her depression
            They somehow hypnotize others that talk about her suicide attempt in the past
            They travel back in time to inflict the what would appear to be self inflicted cuttings on her wrist/arms.

            Yeah…I can see you point

            Not.

          10. (I’m combining both your comments to me for my reply, try not to run off into making shit up.) No, I only said that suicide didn’t make sense. It also doesn’t make sense, especially by your list of things about her and her behavior, that there was a plastic bag in her cell for her to use. I guess the CO’s were incompetent.

            One thing interesting is how you took one suicide attempt into a “history of suicide attempts”. Typical inflation, another variation of dirtying. The one was over “a lost baby”, and that has contradictions as shown by http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sandra-bland-said-she-was-depressed-attempted-suicide-jail-records-n396886.

            Depression isn’t a straight line to suicide. Depression is even hard to measure because in mild and brief cases, the person suffering may not consider it depression or may be unwilling to call it that over the stigma. The ideations of suicide (I’m giving you an out that you are conflating attempts with ideation) can be a sorting process to find reasons for not committing suicide, “have you thought of committing suicide” doesn’t translate into “will commit suicide”. You should know there’s a reason why PhD psychologists use a number of inventories to determine a person’s mental state.

          11. Splitting.
            “They travel back in time to inflict the what would appear to be self
            inflicted cuttings on her wrist/arms.” I thought this part of your straw
            man was the most fun to show how you think. Cutting is a way of coping,
            cutters will find a way from knife to a chewed fingernail. It’s a
            coping mechanism, bad because it’s self-harm, though not as bad as
            higher incidences of sexual misconduct, DV, or alcoholism, other methods
            of coping that the general population use at a much lower rate. If you
            bother to look, cutters are a very low percentage of suicides, like 1.5%. It’s a
            coping mechanism, a superficial one, but if it helps you cope you don’t commit suicide.

            When you try to build a straw man, and that was the bulk of both your comments to me, never think people aren’t watching. If you’d didn’t spend so much time starting with how I’m naive, dense, ignorant, or your caricature of liberal, you wouldn’t make the mistakes you do. Go to First Principles when you think, not the rote assumptions.

          12. Splitting.
            “They travel back in time to inflict the what would appear to be self
            inflicted cuttings on her wrist/arms.” I thought this part of your straw
            man was the most fun to show how you think. Cutting is a way of coping,
            cutters will find a way from knife to a chewed fingernail. It’s a
            coping mechanism, bad because it’s self-harm, though not as bad as
            higher incidences of sexual misconduct, DV, or alcoholism, other methods
            of coping that the general population use at a much lower rate. If you
            bother to look, cutters are a very low percentage of suicides, like 1.5%. It’s a
            coping mechanism, a superficial one, but if it helps you cope you don’t commit suicide.

            When you try to build a straw man, and that was the bulk of both your comments to me, never think people aren’t watching. If you’d didn’t spend so much time starting with how I’m naive, dense, ignorant, or your caricature of liberal, you wouldn’t make the mistakes you do. Go to First Principles when you think, not the rote assumptions.

        2. When the cell mates say no one came in and they heard nothing and there is no injury on her body….yeah. She killed herself. Come to grips with that and you’ll have a happier life.

          1. “Cellmates Said” , huh??
            No link….IT DID’NT HAPPEN

          2. Oh. No “link”
            Hmm. Widely reported in the real media.

            Oh well. Milosz your eyes tight…reality is your enemy.

          3. But yet…you offer NO link.

          4. You would also say that if the inmates said “yeah those guards came in and hanged her” then their word shouldn’t be trusted because they have it out for the guards. Not to mention they are criminals and not to be trusted.

            It’s being investigated because it doesn’t make sense. Hey, the people here didn’t determine it needed to be investigated as a murder. That was the legal system that did. Go argue with them on how they are wasting their time because you know better.

          5. Ray:
            Yeah….wow.i guess you missed the video that shows no one going in.

            So let’s review:
            • Dooe smoker “activist” that doesn’t know her rights gets arrested
            • Activistd gets
            Booked into jail without incident.
            • video shows her using the phone
            • cell mates say she was distraught and cried all the time
            • video shows conclusively that no one entered her cell
            • Cellmates say no one entered the cell
            • autopsy says injuries consistent with suicide
            • The only other injuries she had were self inflicted “cuttings” on her arm
            • She has a history of suicide attempts and openly discussed her depression

            +

            • drug use
            • knowing her antics just lost her a new job
            • no one coming to get her out

            =

            You not being very bright

  2. Knowing where your prosecutors live can be very useful.

    1. Yes it can. Find out their adress and send them a greeting card thanking them for theire service to the public. Tell them how much you appreciate the way they detote theirselves to punishing the law breakers

      1. Yea….you and I BOTH know how corrupt the police, prosecutors, and judges are.
        You guys are all thick as thieves.

        1. Most cell mates lie to get shorter sentence and sometime the cops don’t give them a choice we will find out the real facts.

  3. Hopefully someday, even the most ardent copsucker will learn that the system is rigged.

  4. The committee is just to shut everyone up. She killed herself. She didn’t have help and she chose to do it herself. They will more than likely find better ways to identify attention seeking inmates and suicidal patients.

    1. Refrain from responding to trolls

  5. You guys really need to realize something…..
    She killed herself.

    You may not like that. But people do it everyday. And people who use drugs and are depressed…do it an awfully lot.

    This was a bitter and mislead young lady. She is a victim of much of the same bad legal,advice that gets spit out on this site.
    And when her wrong understanding of her “rights” got her arrested…and then no one came to get her and she ended up cooling her heels in he jail for several days…she killed herself.

    This case is just so awful…in that it’s been blown up way past what really happened.
    I watch a couple of….true idiots….on CNN talking about this incident. They repeatedly spread wrong information about some simple things.

    The simplest of those things is his getting her out of e car.
    This has gone round and round on this site….but SCOTUS has already and definitively settled it. The police DONT NEED ANY REASON to get you out of the car. There may be PD specific policy….but SCOTUS has clearly said that we can get anyone out of the car…and no reason need be stated or even present.

    That part is settled law. But still the idiots go on and on…filling the heads of the sheep.

    What’s sad is that they’ll go,after the officer…and he’ll end up suing the PD/state and he’ll win.

      1. I think it was the Stonecutters from the Simpson’s!

          1. “stomach become bloated, and [their] head plucked of all but three hairs” (Moe suggests that Homer should take a different oath).

    1. Arrested for resisting arrest, cool story bro.

    2. You are as always….a fountain of misinformation (and of course, a copsucker).

      You “claim” that SCOTUS has settled the question that “police need no reason to get you out if your car”…..but you offer NO case file to back that assertion up.
      You also claim that she “killed herself”….but offer ZERO evidence that witnesses can back up your claim.
      You ignore that the cop lied about any probable cause to arrest her to begin with.

      Please finish wiping off the copsucker cream off your face and fingers, and do your dilligence by posting LINKS and EVIDENCE to support your wishful thinking.

      1. Pennsylvania v Mimms

        You can start there, there are a few others as well. He didn’t cite it as it’s been cited numerous times in the past. You haven’t been around long enough.

        1. You are correct-Pa vs Mimms.
          HOWEVER….The video illustrates that…..other than a pissing contest about a cigarette and the cop not getting a kiss ass victim, he had no safety issue relevant in asking her to get out of the car to begin with. This was about a cop misusing his authority.
          This is another instance begging for civil disobedience in not complying.

          Well….that leaves the assertion that Sandra killed herself, but without any proof.
          ???

          1. CK:
            Wow. You agree that the case exists (PA V Mimms)….yet you clearly get it wrong

            The majority opinion from SCOTUS quite clearly states that the police need no reason to get you out of the car.
            I’m Mimms…the court openly accepts that the officer….as a matter of routine…got everyone out of the car. They even discuss non RS or PC related as a reason to do so AND clearly write that it is such a minor intrusion to the motorist.

            I’d suggest you really read the case and the findings…and not just get you legal advice from TV or the CBers

          2. Obviously you faiked reading comprehension.
            I acknowedged SCOTUS’s Pa v Mimms, but as stated…..think that everyone should refuse…if the pigs are only going to pull you outside of video coverage in order to assault you.
            I also stated that the pig was wrong to escalate the traffic infraction and order her out simpy because she refused to put out her cigarette…and was mouthy.

            This is why when you are pulled over, you may have a better chance of living if you simply pop a cap into a pig’s head from the get go.

  6. Texas Prosecutor appoints committee of “outsiders” in Sandra Bland case…now that’s some BULLSHIT…if ever I heard it The got dayum outsiders are lawyers and probably your phucking friends and associates. You hand pick the mutha phuckers; how the hail can you open you mouth to say committee of outsiders? Sorry, but this shet is to funny. Just a got dayum circus of clowns pretending to be doing something and ain’t doing a got dayum thing. Man you are not helping this case.

  7. It is true Sandra Bland was hanged. The question is by whom? Because she had no defensive marks on her body doesn’t mean a thing. If her hands were handcuffed behind her body while she was being strangled, sure there would be no defensive wounds except the extensive wounds from the hands cuff which Bland had. You don’t get those type wounds from simply walking around in cuffs. Those wounds from the cuffs probably came from her trying to defend herself while being hanged. Where is Bland’s cell phone? How the hell could she swing at a cop with her hands cuffed behind her back? I smell a rat.


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