The sister of Sandra Bland has penned an open letter, following the release of Bland's arrest, which she captured on her cellphone days before her alleged suicide.
"Last week, new footage of my sister Sandra Bland’s traffic stop was released. This time, instead of dashcam footage, we saw the incident as it was recorded on her cellphone, from her vantage point. It went viral," Sharon Cooper wrote for USA Today.
The release of the video sparked outrage across the country with meany calling for the case to be reopened. But Special prosecutor Pheobe Smith, who had access to the video when state Trooper Brian Encinia was indicted on a perjury charge, said she did not plan to re-open the criminal case. It was dismissed in 2017.
"This nation has a history rooted in discrimination, specifically in its mistreatment of black Americans. Despite America’s efforts to align itself with the notion that we are living in a post-racial society, viral videos of black women, men and children dying at the hands of police confirm that the scales of justice are imbalanced," she continued.
"What I’ve learned from this ordeal is that those five words "liberty and justice for all" aren't as linear of a concept as I naively believed. The pursuit of justice is a marathon, not a sprint. It is wrought with hurdles that need to be cleared based on relentless commitment to demand equity and fairness," Cooper added, before quoting a poem from Audre Lorde - “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”