Texas House hearing to look into Sandra Bland death

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston

This story corrected to change the time of Thursday’s hearing to 2 p.m.

A Texas House committee will hear testimony Thursday about the circumstances surrounding the arrest and death of Sandra Bland, a

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston

The House County Affairs Committee hearing also will examine jail standards, including procedures for dealing with potentially mentally ill prisoners in county jails, and issues related to how the public and police interact, according to Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, chairman of the committee.

Thursday’s hearing, in Room E1.026 in the Capitol Extension, will begin at 2 p.m.

Bland was found hanging in her cell on July 13. County officials said the Illinois woman committed suicide, but Bland’s family has rejected that finding.

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