Grand jury for Sandra Bland lacks diversity, adds to frustrations
August 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm
This afternoon at 1 p.m. Color of Change organized a tweet storm directed at the Waller County DA. The Texas county is where Sandra Bland died while in jail after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Aggressive behavior by officer Brian Encinia escalated the situation, and Waller County claims that Bland’s death in jail was suicide, although family, friends and countless others believe Sandra Bland was murdered.
It’s been more than 40 days since Sandra Bland’s death and there are still no answers. With the death of Freddie Gray, the officers involved were swiftly indicted. So what’s the holdup, Waller County DA? They’ve given us more than one reason to question their credibility. Color of Change and many others online think it’s because #WallerCountyCantBeTrusted, and tweeted as such to call out officials. If the drawn-out timeline of events isn’t enough, the grand jury investigating this case is yet another reason that citizens have no faith in Waller County.
— ColorOfChange (@ColorOfChange) August 24, 2015
UltraViolet and Color of Change are calling out the lack of diversity in the grand jury with this powerful image.
— UltraViolet #ConfirmJackson (@UltraViolet) August 24, 2015
If you’re wondering whether diverse juries matter, the answer is most definitely yes. A jury with diverse representation in both gender and race helps to combat biases and causes the jurors as a group to be more aware and thorough in their deliberations. While the presence of minorities on a jury doesn’t completely eliminate implicit bias, it’s an important element in being as close to an unbiased jury as possible.
With a jury consisting of eight white people, one Latino and one black man, it’s hard to imagine that the state is doing everything it can to provide a fair and balanced trial for Sandra Bland — something she is owed.