Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland has officially been fired today. Bland died under very suspicious circumstances while in police custody and her death has since been rule a suicide. Encinia was charged with perjury 3 months ago after it was discovered that he lied about the sequence of events involving his July 2015 arrest of Bland.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw has formally fired Brian Encinia, the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the agency announced Wednesday.
In the letter of final termination, McCraw said Tuesday: “I have carefully considered all the points raised by you in our meeting on February 5, 2016. I have determined that you have not rebutted the charges set out in the statement of charges of January 28, 2016. No cause has been presented to alter my preliminary decision. Therefore, it is now my decision that you be discharged from the Texas Department of Public Safety effective at 5:00 p.m., upon the date you receive this letter, pursuant to the authority vested in me by Section 411.007, Government Code.”
Encinia signed the letter Wednesday morning.
Bland’s family is suing the Department of Public Safety and local authorities who were in charge of the jail where she was found dead.