The family of Sandra Bland filed a lawsuit against the trooper who arrested her and others they say are responsible for the suburban Chicago woman’s death in a Texas jail cell.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Houston against Trooper Brian Encinia and “others responsible for the death of Sandra Bland,” including the Waller County Sheriff and two jailers, according to the family’s attorney.
"The reason we filed a lawsuit today is because candidly we were unable to get any of the answers that we have been asking for for weeks," said attorney Cannon Lambert. "We are looking to hold the people accountable for her being stopped, and mistreated and who are ultimately responsible for her death."
On the day that Sandra Bland’s family filed a federal lawsuit over what officials say was her suicide in a Texas jail, a report released Tuesday shows the number of suicides continuing to rise in local jails.
The report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Mortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000 - 2013,” found that the number of suicides in local jails increased from 300 in 2012 to 327 in 2013.
Suicide was the leading cause of deaths in local jails, up 12 percent since 2009 and accounting for 34 percent of deaths in 2013.
The report also found that overall the number of inmates who died in local jails and state prisons rose for the third straight year — 4,446 in 2013, up 131 deaths from the year before. The total was the highest number reported since 2007.
Norma Vasquez said she felt "awful" and "worthless" after she was berated by another customer for speaking Spanish in a confrontation caught on camera at a Southern California IHOP. Her son, Carlos Vasquez, captured the three-minute rant on video Friday at the restaurant west of downtown Los Angeles. The clash began when a woman in large, dark sunglasses interrupted his mother, who was speaking Spanish, as they waited for a table, Vasquez said.
A woman claims she found a dead frog in a package of organic baby spinach she bought at a Southern California market over the weekend. Donna Souza of Covina said she was making herself a salad for dinner when she noticed the frog's legs tucked between the leaves. The spinach, packaged by Taylor Farms, was purchased at Sam's Club in Glendora, she said. The label on the package says the leaves are "triple washed & ready to enjoy." A quality assurance director at Taylor Farms sent Souza a letter of apology. Sam's Club did not immediately return a request for comment.
New Hampshire officials say the two people who were killed when a circus tent collapsed during a storm were a father and daughter and a severe thunderstorm warning was issued before the show. Their names have not been released pending notification of kin. Gov. Maggie Hassan said authorities are still getting information as to how many people have been hurt in the collapse Monday. But Fire Marshal William Degnan said 32 people were treated at four area hospitals, some with serious injuries. There were 100 people inside the tent when it collapsed, he said.
There is proof women aren't just complaining about freezing office temperatures. According to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, air conditioning systems are designed using a 1960s formula that assumed the average office worker was a 40-year-old, 154 pound man.
In addition to making life miserable for women, the cold air could be helping drive climate change, the research team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands said.
Men, in general, have higher metabolic rates than women, according to the researchers, and they argue that the AC needs to be reset to reflect the true office population. Women prefer rooms at about 77 degrees, while men prefer a cooler 72 degrees, according to Boris Kingma of the Maastricht University Medical Center.
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The jam-packed Republican field will be narrowed considerably for the first formal debate of the 2016 primary season later in the week. On Tuesday, Fox News announces which 10 presidential hopefuls can participate and the exclusive club will feature notable omissions.
A judge says a lawyer for former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez may not question under oath an anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the case. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled on Monday that such a step was premature. Defense Attorney James Sultan says the tipster called him several times and raised concern about a juror after Hernandez was convicted in April for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.
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The guide accused of helping an American kill Cecil the lion told NBC News on Tuesday that he felt he did nothing wrong.
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer allegedly paid Theo Bronkhorst $50,000 to lure the lion out of a wildlife reserve so he could shoot it with a bow.
The animal was a tourist favorite and subject of an Oxford University research project. Its death has provoked global outrage.
"I do not feel I have done anything wrong," Bronkhorst said via telephone. "This has been a very stressful time for me and my family. We have been pulled into something we are not happy with."
Bronkhorst has pleaded not guilty last week to a charge of failing to prevent the unlawful killing of Cecil. He was released on $1,000 bail and was due back in court Wednesday.
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The body of a missing teenage worker was found early Tuesday, more than 24 hours after a silo collapsed at a Northern Virginia quarry. Search crews had worked throughout the night, removing tons of material that had spilled from the silo when it broke open. The missing 18-year-old's body was found under a collapsed steel structure at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. However, by midday Tuesday, crews were still working to remove a large amount of steel in order to retrieve his body.
Investigators in Toulouse, France, who are analyzing a fragment of a jetliner found on the shores of Reunion Island in hopes of solving the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, will try to determine three things.
Jean Paul Troadec — former head of the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis, France's counterpart to the National Transportation Safety Board said investigators will seek to pin down the origin of the flaperon. Experts are in agreement that the debris came from a Boeing 777 — and MH370 is the only such missing jetliner in the world.
Troadec said investigators also will be studying the debris to figure out how it detached from its aircraft.
The plane vanished without a trace on March 8, 2014 — and the debris discovered on Reunion was covered in barnacles. The investigators would also be on the lookout for other organisms that could also provide clues, according to The Associated Press.
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Alba and Steven King never thought of adopting a cat -- they’ve always wanted a dog. It certainly never crossed their mind to adopt an older cat. But when they went back to a New York City shelter in November to check on a sick stray they brought in a few days earlier, they ended up taking home a 10-year-old cat who meowed his way into their hearts.
The sister of Tremaine Wilbourn, the man accused of fatally shooting a Memphis police officer, said her brother "was defending himself."
Callie Watkins told NBC News, "Tremaine ain't no bad person. He was defending himself."
"You know how they do, just trying to do you in," Watkins added, apparently referring to police.
Wilbourn, 29, is facing first-degree murder charges after allegedly shooting police officer Sean Bolton Saturday night. Bolton had interrupted a drug deal and approached a car Wilbourn was in, which contained 1.7 grams of marijuana. Bolton was shot multiple times.
Wilbourn turned himself in Monday evening, ending a nearly two-day manhunt and is being held on $9 million bond.
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A 21-year-old central Florida man faces multiple charges after authorities say he tried to rob a church during Sunday services. Pastor Les Snodgrass of The Door Christian Fellowship Church in Melbourne tells Florida Today he was in the middle of his sermon on Sunday when a man stood up and pointed a gun at his 76-year-old mother.