The Latest: Vigil marks anniversary of Sandra Bland death


CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on vigils and ceremonies marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

A candlelight vigil has been held in Chicago’s Federal Plaza to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a Texas jail cell after a traffic stop.

Bland died a year ago Wednesday after a Texas state trooper pulled her over three days earlier. She was taken to the Waller County jail in Hempstead, Texas, where she was found hanging from a jail cell partition three days later. A medical examiner ruled it a suicide.

Dashcam video of her arrest and the circumstances of her death provoked national outrage.

Bland had been moving to Texas from the Chicago area at the time.

The vigil Wednesday evening was hosted by Women’s All Points Bulletin, which supports female victims of police violence, and Black Lives Matter Chicago. It was attended by Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed Veal, and other family members.

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8 a.m.

Vigils and ceremonies are planned to make the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in a Texas jail cell after a traffic stop.

Bland died a year ago Wednesday after a Texas state trooper pulled her over three days earlier. She was taken to the Waller County jail in Hempstead, Texas, where she was found hanging from a cell partition. Bland had been moving to Texas from the Chicago area. A medical examiner ruled it a suicide. Dashcam video of her arrest and the circumstances of her death provoked national outrage.

A vigil is planned Wednesday evening in Chicago’s Federal Plaza to mark the anniversary of Bland’s death. And the suburban Chicago church where Bland grew up plans candle-lighting ceremonies Sunday.

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