Sandra Bland is talking about Black Lives Matter in a video recorded on her cell phone. “Being a black person in America is very, very hard,” she says in the video, one of the many she made for her “Sandy Speaks” YouTube series.
The scene opens the new HBO documentary, “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland,” and it’s a striking reintroduction to the unsettling questions raised by her death in a Waller County, Texas jail cell in 2015.
Bland’s sisters, who are featured in the film, tell Bustle that they hope it will help reinvigorate the conversation around police brutality with people who have become numb to it.
In July 2015, Bland was violently arrested by a state trooper during a traffic stop after she questioned his demand that she put out her cigarette.
Three days later, she was found dead in her jail cell. Authorities ruled her death a suicide by hanging, but the circumstances around her death have left many questions unanswered.
“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” premieres Monday, Dec 3, on HBO.
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