Sandra Bland's own video of traffic stop surfaces

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Her death was ruled a suicide, but the case drew national outrage and the attention of the Black Lives Matter movement, as protesters linked Bland to other recent cases of black suspects who died in confrontations with police or while in police custody.

The video, released by Dallas TV station WFAA in collaboration with the Investigative Network, shows part of Bland's June 2015 arrest by a Texas state trooper as he threatens her with a stun gun and demands she exit her auto. As Encinia unholsters his Taser, its lights flash on, he points it at Bland and he shouts: "Get out of the auto!"

"I will light you up", he replied.

Encinia then orders Bland to put down her phone, prompting her to say she has the right to record what is happening.

By all means, Bland had every reason to want to live, including the fact that she was set to start a new job at Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black college which is located about 20 minutes north of where the officer pulled her over. Bland responds that "I have a right to record" before apparently acceding to his demands and turning off the cellphone.

The Sandra Bland case is back in the news as cellphone video has surfaced showing her confrontational encounter with police in 2015.

Following the incident, Bland's family filed a wrongful death suit against Waller County and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), reaching a $1.9 million settlement in 2016. Three days later, she was discovered dead by hanging from a jail-cell partition. Bland's family said they haven't seen the footage before and officials never released it to the public in the past.

He yelled at her again to put her phone down.

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Either way, Bland's sister says the content disputes trooper Brian Encinia's claim that his "safety was in jeopardy".

The reporter says Darrell Jordan, who was one of the special prosecutors who worked on the criminal inquiry into the case, confirmed that prosecutors had received the cellphone video. He previously said he came to fear for his safety after stopping Bland due to suspicious gestures he claimed she was making.

"What this video shows is, it's nearly literally through Sandra Bland's eyes", Collister tells member station Houston Public Media, in an interview Tuesday for the Houston Matters show. Those perjury charges were later dropped after Encinia was sacked from his job and agreed never work in law enforcement again.

"He sees exactly what's in her hand", Lambert told WFAA.

"The video makes it abundantly clear there was nothing she was doing in that vehicle that put him at risk at all", Lambert, her family's attorney, told The Associated Press on Monday.

"It is troubling that a crucial piece of evidence was withheld from Sandra Bland's family and legal team in their pursuit of justice", Coleman said in a statement. Chip Lewis, Encinia's attorney, said the cellphone footage doesn't illuminate anything beyond what the dashcam video already showed.

The Texas Department of Public Safety insisted that the video was not withheld.

Now, after seeing the footage for the first time, the family is calling for is calling for a re-opening of the criminal investigation into Bland's arrest and death. Bland could be heard arguing. "As Chair of the House Committee on County Affairs that looked into the death of Sandra Bland, I will make sure that the Committee will also look into how this happened".

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