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Aug. 28, 2015


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City council members here said they hope renaming a road that leads to Sandra Bland's alma mater in memory of her will serve as a constant reminder of the injustices they say she suffered in Waller County.

They also hope it's a reminder for law enforcement to always follow best practices when making stops on University Drive, which will become Sandra BlandParkway for three to five years before the council votes on the matter again.


Bland, 28, of Naperville, Ill., was stopped on the same road July 10 allegedly for failing to signal a lane change. When her interaction with Texas state Trooper Brian Encinia escalated into a confrontation, he arrested her on a charge of assaulting a public servant and transported her to Waller County's jail in Hempsted, Texas.


She was found hanging in her cell July 13, three days after her arrest, a death that a medical examiner ruled a suicide.

"I am overwhelmed, and I am just truly thankful to the city of Prairie View," Geneva Reed-Veal, Bland's mother, said in a press conference here after the decision to rename the road.