Sandra Bland Parkway
Photo: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle

University Drive In Prairie View Is Now Sandra Bland Parkway

Sandra Bland is gone, but she will never be forgotten.

A ceremony was held in Prairie View to officially change the name of University Drive to Sandra Bland Parkway on Friday (April 15).


Sandra Bland

Via The Associated Press:

University Drive signs were replaced with Sandra Bland Parkway signs in ceremonies Friday attended by about 100 activists, students and Bland’s relatives in Prairie View.

The 28-year-old Bland, from near Chicago, was pulled over last July by a state trooper for making an improper lane change.

When the traffic stop became contentious, she was arrested and jailed. She died three days later. Her death has been ruled a suicide.

The trooper who arrested her has been fired and is charged with misdemeanor perjury related to her case.

Several recommendations issued by a panel investigating the small-town Texas jail where Bland died could be difficult to implement, including a call to separate sheriff and jail operations, which may run afoul of state law.

Waller County also faces financial hurdles to implementing other panel recommendations, such as hiring medically trained experts to evaluate the mental health of inmates.

County officials have faced criticism for not properly monitoring Bland in jail after she acknowledged that she previously had tried to kill herself.

Problems at the jail highlighted in the report released this week are common to many jails across the country, but few have been scrutinized as closely as Waller County’s was after Bland was found hanging from a cell partition, provoking national outrage and drawing the attention of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The fight to get justice for Sandra Bland continues.

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