Only cop charged in connection to Sandra Bland’s death cuts a deal

Brian Encinia, the officer who pulled Sandra Bland over in 2015, was the only one brought up on charges in connection to her arrest and eventual death in police custody. He faced a charge of perjury after giving false information as to why he took her out of her car that day. He claimed it was to conduct a safe traffic investigation, while dashcam footage told a very different story.

Instead of going to trial to face his actions, Encinia was offered a deal by prosecutors that many will surely criticize. In exchange for the dismissal of his misdemeanor charge, Encinia agreed to never become a law enforcement officer again, according to CNN.

The First Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Has Been Formed

Three black congresswomen announced the formation of a functioning political body that will work to diminish and the socioeconomic hardships that disproportionately affect black women and girls. The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls is the first caucus of its kind and was recently confirmed by U.S. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) in a press release, according to the Root