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I will light you up:Video Sandra Bland traffic stop on Death of Sandra Bland

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I will light you up!': Texas officer threatened Sandra Bland with Taser during traffic stop According to newly released police video, a Texas trooper threatened Sandra Bland with a Taser when he ordered her out of her vehicle during a traffic stop on July 10, three days before she was found dead in a county jail.Bland — a 28-year old African American woman — was stopped for failing to signal while changing lanes, but the routine traffic stop turned confrontational after the officer, Brian Encinia, ordered Bland to put out her cigarette “Would you mind putting out your cigarette, please?” Encinia said.“I’m in my car, why do I have to put out my cigarette?” Bland answered.Well, you can step on out now,” Encinia said.Bland refused, saying she did not have to step out of the car.Encinia opened the driver’s door and attempted to physically remove Bland from the vehicle.“I’m going to yank you out of here,” Encinia said as the two struggled in the car. “I’m going to drag you out of here Don’t touch me, I’m not under arrest,” Bland said.“I will light you up!” Encinia said, while pointing the Taser at Bland.At a news conference on Tuesday, state Sen. Royce West (D) said that after viewing the video, he could confirm that Bland was threatened with a Taser by the officer.Details of the confrontation were not included in the arrest warrant written by Encinia, which officials also released Tuesday, 11 days after the arrest — and eight days after Bland’s death in the Waller County Jail. Her death was classified as suicide by hanging, but news of the suicide — which came amid growing outrage over police interactions with African Americans — has been met with skepticism by those who knew Bland, and even others who didn’t.The arrest warrant detailed Encinia’s version of events. The warrant does not mention the Taser, nor does it elaborate on why Encinia ordered Bland out of the vehicle During the incident, Bland repeatedly asks why she is being arrested. The remainder of the confrontation occurs outside the view of the camera, but the audio captured what appeared to be a struggl.