|She loved selfies, and was damn good at them.|
I mean, I'm a law-abiding, white, middle-aged woman, and I've been pulled over for having a headlight not working or an expired registration sticker. Each time I've spoken briefly with a polite, respectful law enforcement representative who let me off with a warning.
Apparently my experience is not universal.
I had no idea such a traffic stop could be fatal for those who aren't (like me) middle-aged, white, blond(ish) and blue(ish)-eyed.
Which is what happened to Sandra Bland, who was pulled over for failing to signal a lane change and ended up dead in a jail cell three days later.
Sandra was a young black woman, by the way.
She was forcibly removed from her car, slammed against the ground, taken to jail. Because she improperly signaled a lane change. Because she dared smoke a cigarette in her car. Because a white law enforcement officer couldn't keep his shit against a black driver (?).
Sandra Bland was not just verbally abused, or jailed unjustly, or treated unfairly. Sandra Bland died, you guys. She allegedly killed herself following a traffic stop during which she was verbally and physically abused and treated with gross disrespect by an officer of the law.
|How is that even the same lady?|
Sandra Bland was, by all accounts, an intelligent, educated, utterly worthwhile human being.
She died in a Texas jail cell for the crime of irritating a white law enforcement official.
How is that right or fair or just?
Answer: It's not.
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It's 2015, and equal treatment under the law still doesn't exist for all.
I can't live with that.
Sandra Bland didn't live because of that.
Can you live with it?