Sandra Bland's family gets $1.9M wrongful death settlement

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In July 2015, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell after she was arrested for failing to use her turn signal.

And now, a little more than a year later, her family has reached a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Lambert tells @TJMShow the dash cam video shows the trooper pulling his taser out at #SandraBland & she then complies to get out of the car
Failure to signal should never lead to a violent arrest & death in a jail cell. "We can change this." #SandraBland https://t.co/JCaWjIiixa
#SandraBland UPDATE: Civil rights leaders in Texas are discussing working with the family to have an independent autopsy done on Bland.
I HEREBY ATTEST AND AFFIRM That if I die in police custody, I did NOT kill myself. Please get the appropriate revenge. #SandraBland
Beautiful sister, rest well. It's still on. #SandraBland http://t.co/kFts5ZANMR
It appears the FBI has officially been asked by Texas to help with investigation into the death of #SandraBland http://t.co/KnFx5Hu5YK
A major meeting is scheduled Tuesday on the campus of Prairie View A&M Univ. for top state officials to discuss the #SandraBland death
Wow. Just learned that the last man to "hang himself" in the Waller County jail was also arrested for "assaulting an officer" #SandraBland
Witness said #SandraBland was pulled THROUGH HER WINDOW and slammed by police after being pulled over for not using a turn signal.
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"Right now, my joy is in the fact that there will be real changes from here forward," Bland's mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, told KTRK.

The family's attorney told CNN Thursday the settlement includes compensation for Bland's death and "several changes to jail procedures" in Waller County, Texas, where she died.

Those changes include using automated electronic sensors to ensure timely and accurate cell checks, providing an on-duty nurse and emergency medical technician during each shift and providing education for jailer screening.

As for the monetary aspect of the settlement, the Waller County Jail is on the hook for the majority of it — $1.8 million. The Texas Department of Public Safety will pay $100,000.

RELATED: Twitter reacts to jury's decision against indictment in Sandra Bland death

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Not sure what's sadder...the fact that justice hasn't been served or the fact that nobody is surprised that it hasn't been... #SandraBland
I'm disgusted with the Grand Jury's decision on #SandraBland case. Tell me we don't have a racism issue in this country and I'll slap you.
Where is the justice for #SandraBland & other loved ones who were wrongfully killed without justice #WakeUpAmerica
Has the American justice system lost its mind? How can a woman die in police custody without anyone being held accountable?! #SandraBland
The system cannot fail those that it was never designed to protect #SandraBland
My heart goes out to family of #SandraBland. No one should die in those circumstances. Politics aside, a daughter is lost, a sister perished
Statement on grand jury decision in Sandra Bland case: https://t.co/r1oFu9MHWc
Let's talk about why #SandraBland news is released in the dark of the night. If you don't know the reason why you may be part of the problem
This video is so powerful. I'm so full of tears...#SandraBland still speaks https://t.co/8Dmo70Oj2B
Replay the events that led to #SandraBland's stop and arrest and sincerely ask yourself if this would have happened to a White female...
We love you Sandra Bland.
so Sandra Bland just died huh? just poof! This country continues its legacy of injustice and misplaced tolerance.
No indictment in #SandraBland death. Ask me again about whether I should take off my hijab for "safety."
None of the Waller County Jail employees in the #SandraBland case were indicted by Texas grand jury. Outrageous. #BlackLivesMatter
I'm disgusted that we live in a world where people that are supposed to protect us can get away with murder. #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
rest in peace #SandraBland . we will continue in your name to fight against injustices like those you suffered. #BlackLivesMatter
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Bland was pulled over by Texas state trooper Brian Encinia on July 10, 2015, for an improper lane change. But the stop escalated, and there was a struggle before she was taken into custody.

Investigators say she died a few days later. She was reportedly found hanging in her cell, and her death was ruled a suicide.

Waller County and the Texas Department of Public Safety have yet to comment on the settlement.

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