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Was Sandra Bland already dead when her mugshot was taken?

INVESTIGATION: Sandra Bland

TWITTER USERS have questioned whether or not a mugshot of Sandra Bland - the woman who Texas police claim killed herself in a jail cell - was taken when she was already dead or dying.

The speculation comes days after criticism that dashcam video footage of Bland's arrest was edited .

In the mugshots of Bland, who was already wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, she appears to be laying down on the floor and Twitter users believe the photo wasn't taken in normal circumstances.

Oen user, Liza Sabater, wrote a series of tweets. She said: "When first saw #SandraBland's mugshot felt uncomfortable but was busy & wasn't paying full attention to details coming out on the case."

She then tweeted: "Last night news broke that the dashcam video was cut at least 19 times that make it 'click' with this mugshot: the light & posture."

Sabater then went on to say that Bland's eyes looked "off" and her "whole face looks roughed up."

Later, she tweeted: "The shadow behind her neck doesn't look like she's standing. That's a head resting on the floor.

A different Twitter user said: "Why is Sandra Bland lying down in her mugshot picture?? Why is she already in a jumpsuit and why does she look so disorientated if not already dying?

"Who thought they'd be fooling anyone with this mugshot."



SUSPICIOUS: Twitter users question Bland's appearance in the mugshot

Earlier this week, police in Texas released footage showing a police officer appearing to threaten Bland with a Taser and shout: “I will light you up” as she was arrested.

The black civil rights activist was found dead three days later in her jail cell.

Authorities said she had hanged herself but supporters dispute the claim and an investigation has been launched.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released a 52-minute video showing Bland being pulled over and arrested on 10 July.

Dashcam footage shows Bland moving over to the right-hand lane as the police car approaches at speed and then stopping.

Trooper Brian Encinia is seen getting out of his car and speaking through the passenger window to tell the 28-year-old, who he addresses as “ma’am” that she was stopped for “failing to signal in a lane change”.

She gives her details, answers his questions and the police officer leaves to prepare a ticket, returning with it minutes later.

After Encinia says she “seems irritated”, Bland replies: “I was getting out of your way. You were speeding up, tailing on me, so I move over and you stop me. So yeah, I am a little irritated, but that doesn’t stop you giving me a ticket.”

The altercation escalates when he asks the 28-year-old to put her cigarette out. When she asks why, he orders her to get out of the car.


DASHCAM VIDEO: Footage of the 10 July arrest shows Bland's car being pulled over for failing to signal and then an ensuing confrontation with the officer

As he repeats that Bland should “step out or I will remove you”, he leans in the car while saying: “I’m going to yank you out of here.”

She resists and the police officer appears to pull a Taser and shout: “I will light you up. Get out. Now.”

Bland is seen leaving the car with her hands up as Mr Encinia points an object at her back and they move out of view.

As the driver continues to ask why she is being apprehended, she is heard being handcuffed while saying: “I cannot wait until we go to court.”

A scuffle off camera can be heard, with Ms Bland screaming that her wrist is going to break and asking Encinia and another officer to stop while starting to cry.

Separate footage caught by a passer-by showed the two officers restraining her face-down on the ground.

After Bland is restrained, Encinia and two other officers can be seen searching her car, with him telling them: “She started yanking away and then kicked me, so I took her straight to the ground.”

In a phone call captured by the dash cam later he is heard urging someone to prosecute Bland for assault, saying he was “trying to calm her down” and had been kicked and elbowed.

Since the footage was released on Tuesday evening (Jul 21), there has been speculation that the video was edited - with some frames allegedly looped or cut.

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