A sign at the Waller County Jail in Hempstead on Friday July 17, 2015, during a rally to protest the death Sandra Bland, who was found dead in the jail. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Photo: Jay Janner
Photo: Jay Janner

Austin officials release statement about suspension of Texas Ranger after jail death of Sandra Bland

"The Department of Public Safety (DPS) values and strives to demonstrate our commitment to protecting the public through our actions based on fairness, respect and courteously serving those we contact.

"In the preliminary review of the traffic stop that occurred in Prairie View on July 10, 2015, involving Sandra Bland, we have identified violations of the department’s procedures regarding traffic stops and the department’s courtesy policy.

Pending the outcome of the Texas Ranger and FBI investigation into this incident, the employee involved has been assigned administrative duties. At the conclusion of this investigation, any violations of protocols will be addressed.

"The District Attorney and DPS have also requested that the FBI conduct a forensic analysis of the videos related to this case. The video footage will be shared with the public as soon as possible."

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