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Was Sandra Bland already dead in her police mugshot?

MUCH remains unknown in the death of Sandra Bland, the woman found hanged in her Texas jail cell after being arrested in what started as a routine traffic stop.

Why was she arrested? Why was the police officer so hostile? Why was she held in jail for so long? How did she end up dead three days after her arrest?

The answers to those questions are still unraveling and now another, horrifying question has been presented by many on the internet: Was Sandra Bland already dead when her mugshot was taken?

Some Twitter users have taken off with this theory, claiming the photo was taken with Ms Bland on the ground, rather than standing against a wall as usually is done.

Others claim that her eyes appear dead in the mugshot, compared to other released photos of the woman before her arrest.

No official reports seem to substantiate these claims, but it is yet another suspicious question in the case. A dash-cam video of Ms Bland's arrest released earlier this week appears edited, though police claim that it was just an issue with uploading.


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