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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Sandra Bland's family settles wrongful death case for $1.9M

The settlement includes compensation for Bland's death and several changes to jail procedures in Waller County where she died. Video provided by Newsy Newslook
The family of Sandra Bland, an African-American woman arrested at a traffic stop in Texas who was later found dead in her cell, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million and "historic" changes in jail operations, the family's lawyer said Thursday.
Waller County released a statement saying a tentative settlement had been reached but denied wrongdoing in the case that stemmed from an angry confrontation caught on video July 10, 2015. Details were still being worked out and a judge must approve any final plan, the statement said.
"It's not a tentative it's absolute, and we are very happy about it," the family's lawyer Cannon Lambert told USA TODAY. "We were able to secure $1.9 million for the family and get historic changes, things you never see in a resolution like this."
Lambert said changes coming to the jail include using automated electronic sensors to ensure cells are regularly checked, staffing the jail with a nurse or medical technician for all shifts and providing continuing education for jail workers. He also said the county judge agreed to press for state legislation that would increase funding and training at jails across the state.
The legislation, Lambert said, would be named after Bland.
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