HOUSTON, TX - After signing on the dotted line Tuesday Houston Federal Judge David Hittner officially closed the civil case involving the death of Sandra Bland.
This comes after Bland’s family settled their wrongful death claim against Waller County and the state of Texas for $1.9 million.
While Bland’s death was ruled a suicide in 2015 in the Waller County jail, her family said a series of events and incompetence by jail officials and a Texas State Trooper led to the 28 year old’s demise .
The only case left in the Sandra Bland saga is the criminal case against Brian Encinia.
He was the state trooper who initially arrested Bland and was charged for lying about the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Bland was stopped for failing to signal a lane change on July 10, 2015 in Waller County. While she was incarcerated, Bland was discovered dead on July 13, 2015 inside her jail cell. The medical examiner ruled her death a suicide caused by asphyxiation.