Women’s Group Urges AG Lynch to Investigate Death of Sandra Bland

39K Demand Justice for Sandra Bland, Full Investigation into Bland’s Potential Murder

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 7/21/2015, 11:32 a.m.
National women’s group UltraViolet is mobilizing its members this week for justice in the recent possible murder of Sandra Bland, ...
Sandra Bland

Washington, DC-- National women’s group UltraViolet is mobilizing its members this week for justice in the recent possible murder of Sandra Bland, a young Black woman who is the latest in a long string of deaths of Black people in police custody. Bland was driving from Illinois to Texas to start a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. In a routine traffic stop, police got violent, and Sandra was found dead days later still in police custody. UltraViolet is now calling for answers-- specifically a full investigation from Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

“Sandra Bland’s life mattered, and she deserves justice,” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet. “Police violence caught on tape of her arrest during a routine traffic stop leads to serious questions about whether this was murder, and we can’t answer those questions without a full investigation from the Department of Justice. We demand a full investigation into Sandra’s untimely death by Attorney General Lynch and the DOJ Civil Rights Division because black women’s lives, and deaths, matter.”

See the petition from UltraViolet signed by 39,300 of their members here: http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/sandra_bland/?t=1&referring_akid=2141.896840.KRfRvt

The group is planning to escalate their campaign for justice in the coming weeks until a full investigation is completed and anyone responsible for Sandra’s death is held accountable.

UltraViolet is an online community of over 700,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at WeAreUltraViolet.org.