Texas House OKs 2 bills prompted by Sandra Bland’s arrest, death


Highlights

Laws are intended to provide training for traffic stops and jailing.

Texas Legislative Black Caucus had pressed for action on the bills.

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, key player in bills, says they “will make everyone safer.”

The Texas House on Saturday approved a pair of proposals prompted by the 2015 arrest and death of Sandra Bland.

The Sandra Bland Act, named for the woman who was found hanged in a Waller County jail cell three days after a routine traffic stop escalated to a confrontation with a state trooper, is meant to “minimize circumstances where someone in jail is not screened appropriately … to make sure that person doesn’t commit suicide,” Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, who carried the bill in the House, told lawmakers. “I’m very proud of the mental health aspects of this bill.”

Under Senate Bill 1849, law enforcement would have to complete training in techniques for de-escalating confrontations with members of the public, “including techniques for limiting the use of force resulting in bodily injury.”

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