Texas 'Sandra Bland' bill has police reforms but tough road

Texas 'Sandra Bland' bill has police reforms but tough road

By PAUL J. WEBER
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The first sweeping police reforms proposed in Texas following a black woman's 2015 death in a rural jail after a confrontational traffic stop would revamp racial profiling laws and officer training.

But the "Sandra Bland Act" filed Thursday faces a difficult road in the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature. One police association has already criticized the bill as misguided.

Authorities say Bland killed herself in jail days after being stopped by a white state trooper over a lane change. Her death became a flashpoint in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Supporters of the bill include an organizer of a Dallas march last summer that began as a protest of fatal police shootings of black men, but ended with a sniper killing five officers. Following that ambush, some top Republicans criticized police protesters.

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