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Validity of dashcam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest called into question

Watch the updated version of Texas Dept. of Public Safety’s dashcam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest.

After the validity of a 52-minute dashcam video that captured Sandra Bland’s arrest was called into question, the Texas Dept. of Public Safety posted an updated version.

The original footage was released Tuesday night. Speculation over whether the video was edited began soon after as people, including director Ava Duverney, pointed out loops and glitches that appeared doctored.

At one point in the video, a tow truck driver is seen walking towards Brian Encinia’s police car. Seconds later, the frame loops while the audio remains unchanged. In other sections of the video, cars seemingly disappear from frame.

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Watch a clip of one of the dashcam video’s glitches.

The original video has been removed. Texas officials said it was not edited, and that glitches were due to “technical issues.” But as Bland’s case has been rooted in skepticism, doubt remains.

On July 10, Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman from Naperville, Illinois, was pulled over by a a Texas state trooper for failing to use a turn signal. The interaction between Bland and the police grew confrontational when Bland refused to put out her cigarette. The situation escalated, and Bland was ultimately arrested on a charge of assaulting a public servant. Three days later, she was found dead in her jail cell.

Her death is being treated as a murder investigation, a district attorney in Texas announced Monday night.

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