Brian Encinia, the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper made infamous in the viral Sandra Bland arrest video, was found guilty of perjury on Wednesday.
Encinia was widely criticized for his conduct after the video surfaced, with protesters claiming the officer used unnecessary force in Blands arrest. The video shows Encinia dragging Bland from her car and slamming her head on the ground, responding good when she warns him of her epilepsy.
Prior to the videos release, Encinia had maintained Bland assaulted him; the dashcam footage, however, indicates otherwise and proves Encinia lied in his original statement.
A Texas grand jury formally indicted Encinia of perjury, a misdemeanor which carries a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail. The Texas Department of Public Safety also confirmed Encinia’s termination.
Though the state has not filed charges against the department in relation to Blands suicide, her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Waller County. That trial is set to begin next year.
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