SANDRA BLAND: A MARTYR FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Restorative Justice… a process where all stakeholders affected by an injustice have an opportunity to discuss how they have been affected by the injustice and to decide what should be done to repair the harm. With crime, restorative justice is about the idea that because crime hurts, justice should heal. It follows that conversations with those who have been hurt and with those who have inflicted the harm must be central to the process.
Sandra Bland: Brief History of Events That Lead To Sandra’s Death
Sandra Bland was found dead, hung in her jail cell on July 13, 2015. She was only 28 years old. A routine traffic stop landed her in jail after an out of control state trooper in Texas named Brian Encinia couldn’t control his emotions and lost his composure when Sandra Bland told him she wouldn’t put out her cigarette while sitting in her car waiting to be given a traffic ticket. It really makes me wonder about the hiring process and training Brian went through to land his job as a state trooper. Anyway, one thing led to another and Sandra finds herself slammed to the ground by state trooper Brian with his knee pressed on her back and neck area to keep her subdued.
Sandra was arrested, booked and put in a jail cell. The court set her Bond at $5000. Money that would be returned to her when showing up for court. Bland didn’t have that kind of money so her next option was to post bail with a bail-bondsman. The bail-bondsman negotiated with the court to have Sandra released on bail for $500 dollars or 10%. I’ve read some reports where bail was set at $515.00. Moving on.
Sandra’s next move was to pay the $500 or $515.00 to the Bail-bondsman to get out of jail and go home. She makes a call to her friend LaVaughn Mosley. This guy didn’t pick up the phone. Sandra got his voicemail. I want to stay on Mr. Mosley for a second. Sandra called him the day before and told him about the debacle that led to her arrest and said she would call him back the next day. She calls him back from jail and LaVaugn doesn’t pick up the phone???? Feels no sense of urgency to check his voicemail??? That guy is weird.
Sandra called her family and they did everything they could to raise the funds to bail her out of Jail. She was in jail for 3 days men… 3 freaking days. $500 dollars. 3 days. For me as a man who lives to create wealth in order to uplift my family and our community. I feel like we failed Ms. Bland. We need to have a program in place for individuals who get caught up in events like these. Sandra shouldn’t have spent a day in jail. $500 dollars??? She should have had a 1-800 number to call so that we as a community can bail her out. The moment she felt like her family and friends were having difficulty raising her bail money. We should have been her plan B and C to pay Sandra’s bail and get her out of Jail. I have a question for our community leaders: Why don’t we have a program in place for situations like these??? It’s not like this is new territory for us.
State trooper Brian Encinia is a sensitive turd and I blame him for Sandra’s death. However, I’m really disappointed that Sandra was in jail for 3 days. Rest in peace Sandra. Your an inspiration to me and I wish you could see all the support you are getting from the black community. I promise you. You didn’t die in vain.