The Texas laws that led to the arrest of Sandra Bland, who died in jail

– MASHABLE, JULY 23 2015, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

When a white Texas police officer named Brian Encinia arrested a black woman named Sandra Bland in Prairie View, Texas on July 10, he was acting within the law — but he should probably have shown better judgement, according to several police officers interviewed.

Multiple Texas law experts told Mashable that police officers in Texas can legally order a person to get out of a car for violating most traffic laws — including failure to signal a lane change, which is why Encinia stopped Bland.

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