Mom of Sandra Bland talks life after daughter's death and move to Texas

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Sandra Bland's mother goes through her last belongings, Kaitlin McCulley reports.

Sandra Bland's mother said Tuesday she has moved to Waller County permanently to support families experiencing racial injustice.

Geneva Reed-Veal collected her daughter's last belongings from the Waller County Jail where she died two years ago.

"It's time for my journey here," Reed-Veal said. "If I have to stay here forever, I will do that. I am on a mission."

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Two years ago, ex-DPS Trooper Brian Encinia pulled Bland over in a traffic stop that would start a life-changing sequence of events. Bland was taken to jail on suspicion of assaulting an officer and was later found dead in the Waller County Jail.

The Harris County Medical Examiner ruled her death a suicide, a finding Reed-Veal still disputes.
She said the $1.9 million settlement she received from the civil lawsuit against Waller County and DPS is helping to fund her new calling. She wants to build affordable student housing for students at Prairie View A&M University.
"That's going to be Sandy's Place of Peace, the other is going to be like a restoration house for unemployed people, teaching job training skills and that kind of stuff," Reed-Veal said.

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She said she is continuing her daughter's legacy of activism.

"I'm gonna show up in Waller County and I'm gonna bring some fire to this little town," Reed-Veal said. "You won't do this to anyone else's baby. And that's how I feel right now. I feel like I have to be this protector, this protector of kids."

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Reed-Veal said she is still trying to locate Bland's cell phone. She said it was not in the box of belongings she received Monday from the Waller County Jail.

Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith said he welcomes Reed-Veal to the county.

Encinia did not agree to be interviewed as a part of this story.

Two years later: A look back at the Sandra Bland case

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It has been two years since Sandra Bland died.

The Prairie View A&M graduate was due to start a temporary job as a summer program associate at the school when she was pulled over for failing to signal a lane change.
Days later, the 28-year-old was dead, setting into motion a long and emotionally charged journey for answers for Bland's family and the Prairie View community.

Here is a timeline of events leading to this somber anniversary:

July 10, 2015
DPS Trooper Brian Encinia pulled Bland over, and took her into custody on accusations she assaulted him. During her intake interview, Bland told officers she attempted suicide after the loss of a baby the year before.

July 13, 2015
After refusing breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Bland requested to make a phone call from her cell, but no call was made. Around 9 a.m., Bland was found hanging in her cell, allegedly after she fashioned a noose with a plastic bag liner.
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July 14, 2015
More than 100 protesters marched from Waller County Jail to the courthouse to demand an investigation into Bland's death.

July 20, 2015
Officials released jailhouse footage in the Bland case.

July 21, 2015
Dashcam video released from Bland's arrest shows how the traffic stop escalated into a shouting confrontation between her and Encinia.
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Later that day, a memorial was held for Bland on the campus of Prairie View A&M University.

July 22, 2015
Glitches recorded at the 25- and 26-minute mark of the dashcam video led some people to question whether the video had been edited. DPS said in a statement the video had not been altered. Officials said they requested the FBI examine the video to ensure its integrity.

July 23, 2015
Bland had no defensive injuries on her hands that would indicate a struggle, according to an autopsy. Injuries on her wrists were consistent with a struggle while she was handcuffed, and the medical examiner said marks on Bland's neck were consistent with suicide.

In a two-page inspection report, Texas Commission on Jail Standards found Waller County Jail did not make timely inmate checks.

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July 27, 2015
Prosecutors named a committee to review the Bland case.
August 4, 2015
A federal lawsuit was filed against Trooper Encinia by the family of Sandra Bland.

September 22, 2015
Prairie View City Council voted to name a city street after Bland.

December 11, 2015
Grand jury began to consider charges in Bland's death.

December 17, 2015
Bland's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Waller County, DPS and Trooper Encinia.
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December 21, 2015
Grand jury refused to indict anyone in connection with Sandra Bland's death.

January 7, 2016
Trooper Encinia indicted on perjury charge and fired by DPS. Encinia turned himself in to the jail where Bland died after her arrest.

March 2, 2016
DPS upholds its decision to fire Encinia.
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March 22, 2016
Encinia pleads not guilty to charge of perjury.

Rep. Garnet Coleman introduced the Sandra Bland bill in Austin.

September 15, 2016
Bland family's civil suit settled for $1.9 million.

June 2017
Perjury charge dropped against Encinia, who agreed to permanently surrender his TCOLE license.

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