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HOUSTON (AP) – A judge has ordered the FBI to allow Sandra Bland’s family to review a report of the Texas Rangers’ investigation into the woman’s death while in custody.
U.S. District Judge David Hittner’s order on Thursday is part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Houston by Bland’s family against Brian Encinia, the ex-Texas trooper who arrested her during a traffic stop, and others involved in her detention.
The FBI had initially declined to turn over the report, contending it was protected under law enforcement privilege.
Bland was a black woman who died last summer in the Waller County jail three days after being arrested. Authorities ruled her death a suicide. Encinia was charged with perjury after dashcam video appeared to show him yelling at Bland and escalating their confrontation.
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