Crime & Justice

Sandra Bland: Texas authorities deny editing video of arrest

In this July 10 frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland.
In this July 10 frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland.
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Update 8:20 a.m.: Texas authorities deny editing video 

The Texas Department of Public Safety says patrol car video showing the July 10 arrest of a black motorist by a trooper was not edited or manipulated.

DPS spokesman Tom Vinger told The Associated Press on Wednesday that glitches in the recording occurred when it was uploaded for public viewing. The video has drawn criticism for having gaps and overlaps.

Vinger says DPS will repost the video.

The video released Tuesday shows white Trooper Brian Encinia trying to remove Sandra Bland from her car after a minor traffic infraction. She was found dead July 13 in jail in Hempstead, about 60 miles northwest of Houston. Authorities say she hanged herself.

Vinger says FBI agents examined the camera to ensure the video's integrity.

He says the entire video was uploaded, including a phone conversation between Encinia and his sergeant. Vinger says video during this conversation was affected in the upload and is being addressed.


6:20 a.m.: Loops, glitches raise questions about Texas dash cam video 

Last night, the Texas Department of Public Safety released a 51-minute video showing police arresting Sandra Bland after a routine traffic stop.

The thrust of the debate, of course, has been how that stop escalated into a full-on confrontation between Bland and Texas state trooper Brian Encinia.

But the video is peppered with loops and glitches that have raised questions about whether we're seeing its entirety.

Via NBC News, here's one part of the video that raises those questions:

That part of the video shows a tow truck driver walk out of the frame and then, inexplicably, that same scene loops again while the audio continues seamlessly.

We've reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety, but it has yet to return our calls. DPS spokesman Tom Vinger told NBC news that he would review the video this morning.

"I will have to check in the morning. I can't speculate without looking at the CD," Vinger told NBC.

The Los Angeles Times points to another part of the video, where the same cars appear to loop into the frame a couple of times, while the audio keeps rolling uninterrupted.

It's worth noting that these questions about the video matter because they speak to the heart of this case: whether to believe an official account. Bland was taken to jail after that Friday stop. She spent the weekend there, and on Monday morning she was found hanged in her jail cell. The Harris County medical examiner ruled Bland's death a suicide, but her family has been disputing that finding from the beginning.

-Eyder Peralta, NPR

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