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USA: Authorities release Sandra Bland footage to tackle rumours00:47

USA: Authorities release Sandra Bland footage to tackle rumours

United States, Texas
July 29, 2015 at 00:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Texan authorities released CCTV footage of Sandra Bland, Wednesday, in the Waller County jail, days before she was found dead in her cell to prove that she was alive when her mugshot was taken. This release follows mounting speculation on social media, with the online activist group Anonymous among many, claiming that the irregularities in Bland's mugshot lead to the conclusion she was dead when it was taken.

Texan officials said that since the theory of a cover-up emerged, the county has been under cyberattacks. They added that they released the footage to protect themselves and the county facilities after receiving threats.

Originally ruled a suicide, it is alleged that Sandra Bland was found hanging in a Texas jail cell three days after she was arrested over a minor traffic incident. The family of Bland, who was an anti-racist activist, say she was in positive spirits prior to her death after landing a job at a local university.

Footage courtesy of Waller County Sheriff's Department

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Texan authorities released CCTV footage of Sandra Bland, Wednesday, in the Waller County jail, days before she was found dead in her cell to prove that she was alive when her mugshot was taken. This release follows mounting speculation on social media, with the online activist group Anonymous among many, claiming that the irregularities in Bland's mugshot lead to the conclusion she was dead when it was taken.

Texan officials said that since the theory of a cover-up emerged, the county has been under cyberattacks. They added that they released the footage to protect themselves and the county facilities after receiving threats.

Originally ruled a suicide, it is alleged that Sandra Bland was found hanging in a Texas jail cell three days after she was arrested over a minor traffic incident. The family of Bland, who was an anti-racist activist, say she was in positive spirits prior to her death after landing a job at a local university.

Footage courtesy of Waller County Sheriff's Department

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