Recorded by Bland, the video shows the 28-year-old arguing with Trooper Brian Encinia who pulled her over for failing to use her turn signal.
In the video, the officer is yelling for Bland to get out of the vehicle, while she asks him why she's being apprehended. I will light you up!
Bland then proceeded to exit the vehicle while making sure to keep recording the trooper as he ordered her onto the sidewalk, all while keeping his stun gun pointed at her.
By all means, Bland had every reason to want to live, including the fact that she was set to start a new job at Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black college which is located about 20 minutes north of where the officer pulled her over. I have a right to record.
After seeing the newly surfaced video from back then, Bland's family was demanding justice years after it had been denied to them.
Following the incident, Bland's family filed a wrongful death suit against Waller County and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), reaching a $1.9 million settlement in 2016.
Three days later Bland was found dead in her cell. The family's former lawyer says the state never turned over the footage, which Texas officials dispute. The dashcam video shows Bland putting her phone down on the trunk of her auto, at which point the cellphone video ends.
"He sees exactly what's in her hand", Lambert said of the cellphone recording.
"We also know they have an extremely, extremely good cover-up system", Needham said. However, the charge was later dropped when he promised to surrender his law enforcement license and "not pursue or engage in employment, in any capacity, with law enforcement", Sputnik previously reported.
This story has been corrected to show that the spelling of the Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman's last name is Cesinger, not Cesigner.
Encinia, who was sacked after the incident commanded national attention, was initially indicted for perjury after he claimed he feared for his safety after stopping Bland's vehicle. It was only after Collister realized Bland's family had not seen the recording that he decided to make it public.
"The premise that the video was not produced as a part of the discovery process is wrong", DPS said in a statement to multiple news sources. "I am glad to see that the Sandra Bland Act is already making a difference in terms of better training for jailers and new officers". "I've not seen that", Lambert said to the investigative reporter Brian Collister.
"Well, you can step on out now", Encinia said. "As Chair of the House Committee on County Affairs that looked into the death of Sandra Bland, I will make sure that the Committee will also look into how this happened".
Now, after seeing the footage for the first time, the family is calling for is calling for a re-opening of the criminal investigation into Bland's arrest and death.
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