To: DPS Director Steve McCraw

Justice for Sandra Bland

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The unwarranted traffic stop and violent arrest of Sandra Bland have eroded the community's trust with the Texas Department of Public Safety, especially among African Americans. Trooper Brian Encinia targeted Ms. Bland and treated her inhumanely because of her skin color.

DPS must take immediate steps to repair and rebuild this trust.

1. Trooper Encinia should be fired immediately and stripped of all benefits. It should be clear to Texans and the remaining force that this type of racial targeting and treatment of Texans will not be tolerated.

2. DPS must improve training of its force in these three areas: de-escalation, communications and crisis intervention, and must do so in a way that is transparent.

Why is this important?

Sandra Bland was days from starting a new job with her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, when DPS Trooper Brian Encinia pulled her over, alleging she had failed to signal a lane change. The incident was so minor that Encinia was ready to end it with a written warning. But instead of giving her the warning and letting her go, in a split second Encinia became enraged that an African American woman dared exercise her rights. He then tried to pull her out of her car and threatened to taser her. ā€œIā€™m going to light you up,ā€ he said. Encinia then threw Bland to the ground and planted his knee on her back. She was arrested, and after spending three days in jail, she died in her cell.

Bland's story of being targeted by police and treated inhumanely, unfortunately, is a familiar one with Texans of color. We don't have to tolerate this. We can fight back to get the police force we deserve. A police force that keeps us safe, not one that endangers our lives. A police force that keeps our streets safe, not one that pulls us over without cause, based solely on the color of our skin. A police force that treats us all equally. By signing this petition, you're engaging in the fight for the police force we need, that we deserve.

Texas

Reasons for signing

  • She was clearly murdered.. I mean come on now, look at that mugshot. Smh... RIP
  • I signed because Sandra Bland was clearly murdered. I signed because, as a young teen, I was picked up by two red-necked cops and threatened with rape. I told them that I would tell someone. They said no one would believe me. I said I would keep telling until someone believed me. They didn't rape me, but raped a black girl my age a couple of weeks later. I am white and I know that is the only thing that saved me from getting raped. Wake up people!
  • I really don't think anyone should be profiled, black, white, skinny, fat, rich, or poor. But because I am African American and know first hand how it feels to be both stopped for an unwarranted traffic stop when my children were younger, and violently arrested, I can relate to Sandra's violation. If we don't stand, we dishonor our own land, by not putting justice where it needs to be.

Updates

2015-09-05 11:05:47 -0700

5,000 signatures reached

2015-08-12 12:11:51 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2015-08-10 11:53:39 -0700

500 signatures reached

2015-08-05 19:39:18 -0700

100 signatures reached

2015-08-05 17:45:59 -0700

50 signatures reached

2015-08-05 17:23:33 -0700

25 signatures reached

2015-08-05 17:13:01 -0700

10 signatures reached