Sandra Bland: Another Case of Police Brutality on Black Women
By Jessica Daniel
With all of the police brutality happening against young black men, we see countless times in the media the public protesting and fighting for justice when a black man is shot and killed by police. However, what we fail to see recognized in the media are the many young black women who are getting attacked and killed by the police as well. This, too, is also a serious issue that needs to be reported and addressed.
28 year-old Sandra Bland was pulled over and arrested by a police officer for failing to make a turn signal. According to reports, the police officer told Bland to put out the cigarette she had in her hand, and Bland questioned the officer since she had been smoking in her own car. The conversation began to get heated between her and officer Brian Encinia. Encinia forced her to get out of her car, but Bland refused, so Encinia reached for her, threatening to “light her up” with his taser. The whole incident was recorded on video of the officer trying to pull her out of her car and knocking her head into the ground. Bland tells the officer, “You’re a real man now. You just slammed me, knocked my head in the ground.”
Bland was sent to jail all because of a turn signal in which the officer claimed that she had assaulted him.
Bland was “found hanging from a noose made from a plastic bag” inside her jail cell. The reports claim that she was suicidal, and she killed herself, but her family believed there was more to it and that she was not suicidal.
Police brutality is increasing day by day on our black men and women. What we need to do as a community, no matter what race or ethnicity we are, is to stand united in love instead of divided in hate. Evil is running rampant in these days, but we must not let evil take control over us. We need to pray for our entire community, our nation, and the police officers. Ephesians 6:10-13 talks about putting on the full armor of God, so that we can stand against evil in this world.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”