On Monday evening, a Texas grand jury returned with no criminal indictments for any of the jail staff present when Sandra Bland died at Waller County Jail. While Bland's death on July 13 was ruled a suicide by the coroner's office, her family has disputed this account, claiming the 28-year-old would never take her life. The lack of indictments against those at the jail might come as a shock to many, but it doesn't mark the end of the Bland case. So, when is the next Sandra Bland trial date?
The grand jury will meet once again in January to survey remaining issues in the case specifically related to Bland's arrest. This includes whether to bring charges against Brian Encinia, the white state trooper who arrested Bland three days before her death. Dash cam police video shows Encinia and Bland engaged in a physical altercation after Bland refused to put out her cigarette. In the video, Encinia, who initially pulled Bland over for failing to signal during a lane change, is heard threatening to use his Taser to force Bland out of her vehicle. Authorities claimed Bland was being combative during the stop. Encinia has been on administrative leave since her death.
There's also the matter of a wrongful death suit filed by Bland's family against the Texas Department of Public Safety, Encinia, Waller County, and two of the jail's staff members. On Thursday, a judge set a trial date for Jan. 23, 2017 for the civil case, in which the family is seeking unspecified damages.
Criminal charges might not come to those who were at Waller County Jail, but Bland's case is far from over.