John Whitmire

Family says weakened Sandra Bland Act in Texas is 'gut-wrenching'

The sister of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail following a confrontational traffic stop with a white state trooper, says it is "gut-wrenching" that lawmakers stripped police reforms from a bill named after her sibling and are now pushing a weakened compromise that "painfully misses the mark."

Bland's death in 2015 was a national flashpoint in the Black Lives Matter movement — the 28-year-old Chicago woman was stopped near Houston for not signaling a lane change, forcibly pulled from her car and found dead in jail days later.

A leaner "Sandra Bland Act" enters the home stretch of the Texas Legislature far from the sweeping...