Perjury charge dropped against Texas trooper who stopped Sandra Bland

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The former Texas trooper who stopped Sandra Bland on a Waller County roadside in July 2015 has had the perjury charge against him dismissed.

Bland was found dead in her cell three days after being booked at the county jail, igniting a national protest over police handling of African-Americans.

Attorney Chip Lewis, the attorney for Brian Encinia, released court documents Wednesday showing that the criminal charge against Brian Encinia was dismissed by state District Judge Albert McCaig in Waller County.


Prosecutors asked for the dismissal, he said. Encinia will not be able to work as a licensed peace officer in Texas, according to the documents.

“Brian and his family appreciate the thoughtful review by the prosecutors,” Lewis said in the statement. “Dismissal was the right thing to do. The Encinias will remain forever grateful to their family, friends and members of the law enforcement community for all their support.”

Attorney Cannon Lambert Sr., who represented Bland’s mother in a federal wrongful death suit, was upset by the news.

“Why the special prosecutors would decide not to prosecute after assuring the family that they would is truly disturbing,” he said. “Particularly since they didn’t even tell the family or I that they were not going to pursue the case any longer.

“The idea that he’s giving up his license to be a police officer isn’t satisfying since on a conviction, which was something that would have easily been achieved, would have blocked Encinia from acting as a police officer in the future anyway.”


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