Bland Family Wants Independent Autopsy

Sandra Bland Family Seeking Independent Autopsy of Woman Found Dead in Texas Jail

The family of a Chicago-area woman found dead in a Texas jail cell last week is ordering an independent autopsy, their lawyer says. Attorney Cannon Lambert says Sandra Bland's family expects autopsy results within 48 to 72 hours, ABC News reported Sunday. Lambert did not return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Authorities say Bland hanged herself with a plastic bag three days after being pulled over by police for a traffic violation and then arrested for allegedly kicking an officer during the stop. Friends and family have questioned that account. The 28-year-old Black woman's death at the Waller County jail, about 60 miles northwest of Houston, comes amid increased national scrutiny of police after a series of high-profile cases in which Blacks have been killed by officers.

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