Twenty-eight-year old Sandra Bland was found dead Monday in a Waller County, Texas jail cell.
Officials have said that the cause of death was suicide by “self-inflicted asphyxiation.”
Bland’s family and friends aren’t buying it – several who spoke with WLS-TV in Chicago said they suspect foul play or a cover-up.
Bland was set to start her “dream job” at her college alma mater Prairie View A&M University and was headed there by car from her hometown of Naperville, Illinois. A state trooper pulled her over last Friday for “not signaling a lane change.”
The Waller County sheriff said Bland was later arrested and charged for assaulting an officer. The county sheriff said Bland was “combative on the side of the road.”
Some 72 hours later Monday morning, Bland was found unresponsive in her cell.