Sheriff Says Bland Spoke of Previous Suicide Attempt

A Texas sheriff says a black woman who was found hanged in her jail cell told the guard as she was being booked into the facility that she previously tried to kill herself.
Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 28-year-old Sandra Bland had told a jailer July 10 about a previous suicide attempt. He says she provided the information while being asked a series of questions posed to each person booked into the jail in Hempstead, about 60 miles northwest of Houston.
Smith did not provide details about the conversation.
Smith says when a second jailer interviewed Bland, the Illinois woman said she wasn't depressed and instead was upset about her arrest, which followed a confrontation with a white officer who had stopped her for a minor traffic violation.



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