The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Murder in a Texas Jail

Aug 3, 2015

Officials in Texas, and the media, have gone to great lengths to insist Sandra Bland committed suicide in her jail cell and was not murdered by the police. After originally releasing only edited videos of Bland’s arrest and incarceration, they say they now found more video showing Bland was unharmed during the three days she was locked up.

Why would anyone believe these liars? Sandra Bland, who was healthy when she was picked up, was dead three days later while in police custody.

She was pulled over for not signaling a lane change, then brutalized on the street by a cop who became visibly upset when she dared to question his demand to put out a cigarette she was smoking in her own vehicle, and then forced her out of her car under threat of “lighting her up” with an electronic taser.

The cop slammed her head against the ground, so hard she complained she couldn’t hear, and arrested her. All of this was on video and all for what started as failure to use a turn signal, something practically every driver does dozens of times every time they drive.

Finally, she was kept in jail for three days, where this same cop worked who had already brutalized her. If anyone believes she was not then brutalized again while in jail, they are not living in the United States of America.

Regardless of how Sandra Bland eventually died, it is the police who are responsible for her death. However it happened, Sandra Bland was murdered. However it happened, these police have to be held accountable for it.