HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A group of Houstonians are firing back against Waller County. Today a protest was held outside of the Mickey Leland Federal Building.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's office is inside that building, and with her help protesters are demanding that federal authorities get involved. This comes after the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland was indicted on perjury charges.
The grand jury believes he lied about why he made Bland get out of her car during the arrest. Brian Encinia has since been fired, and turned himself in Thursday to the Texas Rangers who then escorted him to the Waller County jail.
However, he is now out on a $2,500 bond.
Protesters are outraged and said the indictment is not enough. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said she sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking them to investigate. As of now they have not heard back from federal authorities.
The mother of Sandra Bland says her daughter's arrest and death in a Texas jail cell should have resulted in something more than a perjury charge against the white state trooper who arrested the black motorist.
Geneva Reed-Veal told reporters in Chicago Thursday that "there should have been much more" from the grand jury that indicted Trooper Brian Encinia on Wednesday with lying about the circumstances of his traffic stop and arrest of Bland.
Reed-Veal says the family wanted to see Encinia charged with battery and false arrest.