Woman Found Dead In Waller County Jail Cell Suffered with Depression, PTSD

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The woman who was found dead inside of a jail cell in Waller County admits to suffering from depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Sandra Bland posted a video on March 1st on her personal Facebook page. She admitted that she is human and is dealing with some issues. 'I've got to be honest with you guys. I am suffering from something that some of you might be dealing with right now. It's a little bit of depression as well as PTSD."

Authorities addressed that video Thursday in Waller County. District Attorney Elton Mathis the Texas Rangers and the FBI are working together on the investigation.

The medical examiner ruled Bland's death a suicide by hanging. The Waller County Sheriff's Office pulled the 28 year old over Friday, July 10th for not signaling a lane change. She was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer. Three days later, she was found dead in her cell.

Her family spoke out about the incident Thursday afternoon during a news conference in Chicago. They say the Bland was outgoing and full of life. Sharon Cooper says it's hard to believe that her sister would take her own life. "To know Sandy was to love her, " says Cooper. "She was someone who was extremely spontaneous, spunky, outgoing truly filled with life and joy and so when you think through the circumstances that have been shared with us to this point. It is unimaginable and difficult for us to wrap our minds around the Sandy that we knew for this to be characteristic of her so that is where our concerns stem from."

Bland was about to start a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University.

Bland's family is expected to be in Waller County Friday. They along with Bland's friends will hold two protests at noon and 4pm.

The case will be presented to a grand jury once the Texas Rangers complete their investigation.



 
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