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A Grand jury in Waller County, Texas ruled on Monday night that no officers should be indicted in connection with the death of Sandra Bland, KTRK-TV reported.
Bland was found dead inside her jail cell on July 13 with a trash bag wrapped around her neck, three days after video of her arrest sparked a national outcry against use of excessive force against black Americans. Her death was later ruled to be a suicide.
Bland’s mother, argued in a wrongful death suit filed against county and state officials that Elsa Magnus and Oscar Prudente showed “deliberate indifference” to any risk of Bland killing herself inside her cell. The county responded by blaming “her family and friends’ refusal to bail her out of jail” for Bland’s death.
The review itself was the most comprehensive independent examination of penal policy for a generation rooted in an enormous volume of evidence and research and underpinned by a detailed analysis of the tragic cases of 87 young people who died in prison between April 2007 and the end of 2013. Since when, there have been a further 29 self-inflicted deaths of young people in NOMS custody.
A police firearms officer has been suspended and could face prosecution following the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Jermaine Baker. The father-of-two from Tottenham, north London, died from a single gunshot wound during a police operation near Wood Green Crown Court on Friday (Dec 12).
A stand-off with police after attempts to help gang members Izzet Eren, 32, and Erwin Amoyaw-Gyamfi, 29, to escape on their way to court resulted in Baker being killed, it has been reported.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it has launched a criminal homicide investigation into the death. This could see the police face murder or manslaughter charges.