*Texas officials have revealed the reason behind Sandra Bland’s alleged suicide.
An appeal filed by the Waller County Sheriff’s Office says Bland killed herself because she was unable to make bail. In addition, officials are campaigning for a motion to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit Bland’s family filed against the county and two of the jailers involved in the situation.
The Los Angels Times goes on to mention that the appeal characterized Bland as “despondent” after family and friends did not pay her $515 bond immediately.
“Ultimately, Bland’s decision to commit suicide was hers alone, after she denied any suicidal intentions to jail personnel, and after her friends and family refused to bail her out of jail,” said Larry Simmons, the attorney representing Waller County and the jailers. “It is apparent now that Bland’s inability to secure her release from jail — and her family and friends’ refusal to bail her out of jail — led her to commit suicide,” he continued.
Responding to the blame placed on Bland’s relatives for her death, Larry Rogers Jr., a lawyer for Bland’s mother Geneva Reed-Veal, stated that the family did not ignore. In fact, he says they were was trying to come up with how to “get her out of jail in a situation where it’s happening over a weekend, they’re too familiar with the procedures and process, they’re over a thousand miles away” and did not ignore Bland.
“That’s a gratuitous insult, pouring salt into the wound of an already devastated family,” said Rogers.
The appeal, which was filed by the county comes four months after Bland was found dead in the Waller County Jail after being arrested during a traffic stop. In the motion, the county also claims that although Bland was provided a phone to make free calls, her local friend did not answer.
The appeal goes on to claim that Bland’s sister “advised she would not bail Bland out of jail.”
Countering that argument, the Chicago Sun-Times referenced Cannon Lambert Sr., another Bland family attorney, who mentioned that the information Simmons’ gave was not confirmed by speaking to the family.
“They’re making allegations about what my clients know or what my clients did, without even having spoken to them, and I’m curious about how it is they can come to the conclusion that [Bland’s male friend] was ignoring phone calls,” Lambert told the publication. “They’ve certainly not given us any statements in discovery that reflects that that’s the case.”
As it stands now, a hearing regarding the case is scheduled to go before U.S. District Judge David Hittner next month.