Sandra Bland Day of Healing celebrates her life four years after her death

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Saturday is Sandra Bland Day of Healing in Austin.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler made the announcement on Thursday and according to the proclamation, the day aims to observe the wrongful death of Bland on July 13, 2015, while in police custody in Hempstead.

The event begins with a movement at Huston-Tillotson University followed by a day of communing and learning. The day also includes a session to help educate visitors on privilege, the trauma privilege causes and how it can be used for equality.

The 28-year-old’s death made national headlines after dashcam video of the traffic stop of Bland by former State Trooper Brian Encinia, which showed the man holding a stun gun and ordering Bland out of the car, saying: “I will light you up. Get out now. Get out of the car.”

In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed the Sandra Bland Act, which increased de-escalation training for law enforcement, jailer training and led to the collection of new traffic stop data.

In the proclamation, Adler states:

“Sandra Bland was an activist for racial justice, whose wrongful death was a call to action across the United States to change the way the criminal justice system produces unequal outcomes.”

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