Last month, the story of Sandra Bland made national headlines after the
28-year-old woman was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas
following a traffic stop. Thanks in part to a dash cam video recording
that went viral, the case sparked widespread interest and considerable
scrutiny. It became a part of the larger and highly controversial conversation
involving high-profile interactions between law enforcement and African
In an effort to determine what happened - both during the initial arrest
and her time in jail before she was found dead - Bland’s family
filed a lawsuit in Houston today, Tuesday August, 4th.
The lawsuit is centered on determining whether the arresting state trooper,
Brian T. Encinia, and two Waller County jail guards tasked with keeping
watch over Bland can be held at fault for their actions. The lawsuit pays
particular attention to the trooper’s alleged disregard for Bland’s
constitutional rights and safety.
Tom Rhodes, who is co-counsel on the case, assisted in filing the lawsuit
on behalf of Bland’s mother, together with Attorneys Larry Powers,
Jr. and Cannon Lambert, Sr. of Chicago. Attorney Rhodes and our entire
legal team are proud to be a part of this case. As Attorney Rhodes states:
“This family deserves answers and justice. We are honored and privileged
to represent Sandy’s family in this very important case.”
Following the filing of the lawsuit, a press conference was held in Houston.
You can read more about the lawsuit and case on
this article or view a short segment of the conference featuring Attorney Rhodes and
Attorney Erin Oglesby below: