Trooper Dispute Led to Sandra Bland Arrest: Lawyer

Sandra Bland
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The lawyer for the family of Sandra Bland, found dead in a Texas jail cell last week, said in an interview with NBC News that dashcam video from the traffic stop that led to her arrest shows the encounter grew confrontational after she refused an officer's demand to put out her cigarette. 

Bland was pulled over by a state trooper for a routine traffic violation on July 10, authorities said. She became "argumentative and uncooperative" and was taken into custody for assault on a public servant, authorities said, but Bland's family disputes that account.

Citing the interaction he saw on the dashcam video, the lawyer, Cannon Lambert, said there was "no clear understanding why she had to get out of the car in the first place," he said.

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