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JAMES CLINGMAN

JAMES CLINGMAN

(NNPA)—Sandra Bland is dead.

While many are concentrating on “how” she died, we must also face the reality of “why” she died. All of the circumstances surrounding her death notwithstanding, Sandra is still dead. I cannot help but think that along the three-day period from her arrest to her final moments in that lonely and frightening jail cell, there were opportunities to rescue her from such a horrible experience and tragic end.

This is not a rehash of all the conversations, utterances, conjecture, and theories put forth after Sandra died.  Rather, this is a simple critique of what we all saw on video and heard from Sandra herself when she called someone to let them know her status, having received a $5,000 bond. To say the least, she was totally frustrated by the entire situation.

Why Sandra Bland died is also obviously connected to who played a role in her death, whether directly or indirectly. Where were the intervention points by which Sandra’s three-days of horror could have been stopped?  Was there any way, leading up to her demise, for her to have survived?

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