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Celebrities have taken to social media to express their outrage following the release of new dashcam video showing the arrest of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman whose jailhouse death has caused a national uproar.

In the newly released video, the officer can be seen pulling over Bland for failure to use a traffic signal on July 10.

During the stop, Texas state trooper Brian Encinia orders Bland to get out of the car after asking if she could put her cigarette out. That’s when he reached inside the vehicle in efforts to pull her out. Encinia then proceeds to pull out his taser and threaten, “I will light you up.”

While out of the car, Sandra was put in cuffs and eventually taken down to the ground. Audio from the video shows Bland yelling  “you slammed my f*cking head to the ground … Do you not even care about that?”

And in cell phone footage posted on YouTube, the officer can be seen using his knee against Bland’s back during the arrest. The Chicago native was taken into custody after she allegedly “kicked” the officer and when he “put her in handcuffs.”

Jussie Smollett tweeted:

“A loss 4 words. tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do.”

The video has also lead many to believe that the visual was edited. Ava DuVernay is one of several who thinks it was “cut” and that it is leaving something out.

“I edit footage for a living,” she tweeted. “But anyone can see that this official video has been cut. Read/watch. Why?

“Glitches. Motion sensors. Clouds. Reasons from those who say vid is pristine. Doesn’t explain loops + audio cuts. But, um, ok.”

However, on Wednesday morning, officials from the Texas Department of Safety stated that “the video has not been edited.”

The story gained major national attention three days after Bland’s arrest, when she was found dead in her Waller County Jail cell. Authorities say Bland, who just accepted a new job at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, killed herself. The 28-year-old was found hanging in her cell by a trash bag.

Sandra was discovered “in her cell not breathing from what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation” a statement from officials stated.

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On Monday, jailhouse video was released of officials rushing to Bland’s cell after she was found dead.

As for the officer who arrested Bland, he has been assigned to administrative duties. “We have identified violations of the department’s procedures regarding traffic stops and the department’s courtesy policy,” a department statement read.

According to the Waller County District Attorney, the case is being treated as a murder investigation even though her death was initially ruled a suicide.

It’s also been confirmed that following a thorough investigation, a grand jury will deliver a decision.


Diddy Takes On Vogue’s ’73 Questions’ … 15 Interesting Facts You Never Knew About The Rapper



Diddy just took on Vogue’s ’73 Questions’ and unveiled some random facts we never knew! So here are 15 of the most interesting — aside from the fact he went by his pseudo moniker, Love.

Why’d you move to LA: For the kids, the family the weather.

Biggest strength: My belief in God.

Biggest weakness: Fried chicken.

One thing you need every morning: I need a hug.

Biggest inspiration: My mother.

Last movie to make you cry with laughter: Eddie Murphy, Delirious.

Favorite food: Soul food.

Favorite midnight snack: Apple pie and ice cream.

To kick off a party, what song do you play: Dougie Fresh and Slick Rick’s “The Show.”

Most lavish, over the top, outrageously extravagant decoration on display: The Declaration of Independence at one of my 4th of July parties.

Style Icons: Dapper Dan.

Favorite Grammy: Hip Hop Album of the Year, No Way Out. 

First musical memory: Seeing James Brown at the Apollo.

Hope for the future: That my people, African Americans, will get a chance to build some economic wealth to make some positive changes in our community so we can stop asking people for things … that my people just get a piece of mind.

True or false – He takes a bath every night: True.

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