Woman Who Died In Cell Mentioned Previous Suicide Attempt

The sheriff said Wednesday a woman whose death in a Texas jail has raised suspicions about the official conclusion that she hanged herself told a guard during the booking process that she had tried to kill herself in the past.
Documents filled out for Sandra Bland indicate she had previously attempted suicide after losing a baby. But the booking papers released Wednesday by Waller County also indicate Bland did not have suicidal thoughts at the time of her arrest and that neither the arresting officer nor anyone else at the jail believed she was at risk.
The documents also contain discrepancies.
One questionnaire says Bland took pills in 2015 in an attempt to kill herself after losing the baby. A separate form filled out by another jail employee says the suicide attempt occurred in 2014. One form indicates Bland had suicidal thoughts within the past year, another says that's not the case.



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