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News Release

January 6, 2016

DPS to Terminate Trooper Following Indictment

AUSTIN – Following the Waller County grand jury indictment of Trooper Brian Encinia today, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin termination proceedings to discharge him from the department.

Following the arrest of Sandra Bland by Trooper Encinia during a traffic stop on July 10, 2015, in Prairie View, Texas, and the subsequent in-custody death at the Waller County Jail, the Texas Rangers immediately conducted an investigation into both incidents to determine if any criminal violation had occurred. The results of the investigation were turned over to the Waller County special prosecutors and ultimately the grand jury.

Please contact the Waller County District Attorney’s Office for any additional information regarding the grand jury action.

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