The former Texas trooper who stopped Sandra Bland has had the perjury charge against him dropped, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Brian Encinia allegedly made false statements about Bland’s July 2015 arrest in Waller County, TX, during a routine traffic stop there.
Bland was discovered dead in her cell three days after getting booked at the county jail, sparking national protest over how police officers treat minorities.
Chip Lewis, who is Encinia’s attorney, on Wednesday reportedly released court documents showing state District Judge Albert McCaig in Waller Count had dismissed the perjury charge.
Many Twitter users on Wednesday voiced sadness over the new development in the controversial case.
The documents Lewis released Wednesday reportedly state that Encinia will not be capable of working as a licensed peace officer in Texas.
“Brian and his family appreciate the thoughtful review by the prosecutors,” Lewis said. “Dismissal was the right thing to do.”
Attorney Cannon Lambert Sr., who represented Bland’s mother in a federal wrongful death lawsuit, criticized the decision.
“Why the special prosecutors would decide not to prosecute after assuring that they would is truly disturbing,” he said.
“Particularly since they didn’t even tell the family or I that they were not going to pursue the case any longer,” Lambert added.
“The idea that he’s giving up his license to be a police officer isn’t satisfying since on conviction, which was something that would have easily been achieved, would have blocked Encinia from acting as a police officer in the future anyway.”
Bland, an African-American woman visiting Texas from the Chicago-area, was found dead at 28 years old. Her death was ultimately ruled a suicide.