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Case Name Reed-Veal v. Encinia JC-TX-0025
Docket / Court 4:15-cv-02232 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
This is the litigation that came out of the death of Sandra Bland in jail in Waller County, after a routine traffic stop led to her arrest. Although the Clearinghouse does not focus on damage actions like this one, because of the widespread interest in this case, we've posted the key documents in ... read more >
This is the litigation that came out of the death of Sandra Bland in jail in Waller County, after a routine traffic stop led to her arrest. Although the Clearinghouse does not focus on damage actions like this one, because of the widespread interest in this case, we've posted the key documents in the case for use by the public.

On August 4, 2015, plaintiff filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiff sued the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS), Waller County, and several employees of the Waller County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §§ 71.002-004 and § 71.021. The plaintiff alleged that her daughter, Sandra Bland, was assaulted by a TDPS Highway Patrol Trooper and that officers of the WCSO and TDPS willfully and wantonly caused her daughter’s death. Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that on July 10, 2015, after a routine traffic stop a TDPS Highway Patrol Trooper instructed her daughter to get out of the car and he then assaulted and wrongfully arrested her. Afterward, Bland was brought to Waller County Jail where, after informing the officers that she had attempted suicide before, she was left in her cell unattended for three days, at which point she committed suicide.

Video of the traffic stop is available via Youtube here, here, and here.

After filing the initial complaint, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint on August 26, 2015, again on September 29, 2015, and the final amended complaint on January 19, 2016.

The defendants filed a motion to stay proceedings on January 8, 2016, in order to protect a defendant officer's Fifth Amendment constitutional rights during concurrent criminal proceedings. On April 21, 2016, Judge Hittner granted the defendant’s motion in part and denied in part. Specifically, defendants were ordered to complete all discovery prior to their deposition during their criminal proceedings. 2016 WL 6915963. Several of the discovery requests are posted here and here.

On October 31, 2016, the parties filed a Joint Order of Dismissal after reaching an out of court settlement which, according to the Houston Chronicle, granted the plaintiff $1.9 million and stipulated that county officials would improve how inmates are booked and supervised at the jail and other facilities lacking immediate access to medical services, the case was dismissed on November 1, 2016.

The Department of Public Safety's investigative report was completed in 2017; the Clearinghouse obtained it via a records request to DPS, and it is posted here.

Nichollas Dawson - 10/18/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Incident/accident reporting & investigations
Personal injury
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Texas Department of Public Safety
Waller County
Plaintiff Description The mother of decedent
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Filing Year 2015
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  See this case at CourtListener.com (May provide additional documents and, for active cases, real-time alerts)
  Sandra Bland, One Year Later
The Marshall Project
Date: Sep. 15, 2016
By: Maurice Chammah (The Marshall Project)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:15-cv-2232 (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/01/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint at Law [ECF# 1]
JC-TX-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/04/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Response to the City of Prairie View Police Department's Motion to Quash and for Protective Order as well as Plaintiff's Motion to Compel, or in the alternative, for In Camera Inspection [ECF# 37]
JC-TX-0025-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/10/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint At Law and Jury Demand [ECF# 63]
JC-TX-0025-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/19/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 92] (2016 WL 6909378) (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0025-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/17/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Request for Production to Defendant [ECF# 101]
JC-TX-0025-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/05/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 108] (2016 WL 6915963) (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0025-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/21/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment [ECF# 144] (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0025-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/01/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Texas Department of Public Safety Report of Investigation
JC-TX-0025-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/11/2017
Source: Defendant or Defendant's Counsel
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Judges Hittner, David (S.D. Tex.) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-0002 | JC-TX-0025-0004 | JC-TX-0025-0005 | JC-TX-0025-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brzezinski, Robert E. (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-0003
Colodny, Wayne (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-0003
Lambert, Cannon D. Sr. (Illinois) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-0003 | JC-TX-0025-0006 | JC-TX-0025-0007 | JC-TX-0025-9000
Rhodes, J. Thomas III (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-0001 | JC-TX-0025-0003 | JC-TX-0025-0007 | JC-TX-0025-9000
Rogers, Larry R. Jr. (Illinois) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-0003 | JC-TX-0025-0007
Defendant's Lawyers Dennis, Seth Byron (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-9000
New, Benjamin Eliot (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-9000
Simmons, Larry J. Jr. (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-9000
Other Lawyers Bounds, Scott (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-9000
Colodny, David A. (New York) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-0001
Longoria, Samuel G. (Texas) show/hide docs
JC-TX-0025-9000

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