HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Leaders of a Texas county have approved a $1.8 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland, who died in jail days after being arrested last year.READ MORE: Mesquite Officer Dies After Shooting Outside Grocery Store
Waller County commissioners on Wednesday formally approved the Houston-area county’s portion of the settlement.
An overall $1.9 million settlement was disclosed by Bland family attorneys last week although the Department of Public Safety, also a defendant in the suit, has said it has not settled litigation and is not a party to the county’s agreement.READ MORE: Officials React To Mesquite Officer Killed On Duty
Authorities have said Bland, who was from the Chicago area, killed herself three days after being stopped by white Texas trooper for a minor traffic offense.
Trooper Brian Encinia was later fired and charged with misdemeanor perjury related to Bland’s arrest.MORE NEWS: Fort Worth ISD Hopes To Hire Teachers 'On The Spot,' Offering Huge Incentives
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