Family, church mark 1st anniversary of Sandra Bland death

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Associated Press
Staff Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Family members used a church candle-lighting to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a Texas jail cell after a traffic stop.

Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal and her sister, Shante Needham, attended the Sunday ceremonies at DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lisle, where Bland was a member.

Bland was pulled over by a Texas state trooper and taken to the Waller County jail in Hempstead, Texas. Three days later, she was found hanging from a jail cell partition and a medical examiner ruled her death a suicide. Dashcam video of her arrest and the circumstances of her death provoked national outrage.

The Daily Herald reports the Rev. James Miller remembered Bland as "a friend and a daughter and a sister."

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