Sandra Bland's family reportedly settles wrongful death case for $1.9M

The family of Sandra Bland, an African-American woman arrested at traffic stop in Texas who was later found dead in jail, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million, according to multiple media outlets.

Family lawyer Cannon Lambert told CNN that Waller County, Texas, also agreed to changes in jail procedures. Lambert said details of the deal were finalized late Wednesday.

Dash cam video from Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia's car on July 10, 2015, showed the officer pull Bland over for an improper lane change near Prairie View A&M University. The traffic stop escalated, and there was a struggle before Bland was taken into custody.

Bland died at the Waller County Jail three days later. Investigators said she was found hanging in her cell and the medical examiner ruled her death a suicide.

The grand jury decided not to charge anyone at the jail in Bland's death, but Encinia was fired.

ABC13 News in Houston said the Texas Department of Public Safety will pay $100,000 of the settlement, with Waller County paying the bulk of the rest.

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