Former Texas jailer admits to altering Sandra Bland’s jail logs

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A former Waller County Jail guard reveals that he falsified evidence relating to the Sandra Bland case. According to the Bland family’s attorney, the jailer, Rafael Zuniga, admitted to entering a false check-in for Bland one hour prior to her death.

Actions such as this are criminal in nature and can range anywhere from a misdemeanor to a felony.

“The overwhelming testimony has been that the Waller County jail staff treated Sandra Bland with courtesy and respect, and even afforded her special privileges, including giving her free access to the jail staff’s toll free phone, which she used to reach out to her family,” Waller County attorney Larry Simmons said.

But Sandra Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal’s, and attorney Cannon Lambert said, “There’s no question that it did not happen.” The reveal hasn’t prompted any legal action as of yet.

Bland died at the jail on July 13, 2015, three days after she was arrested during a traffic stop by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper. Last week, many in her community and across the country held vigils and marches in her honor.