Many bid farewell to Illinois woman who died in Texas jail

Sandra Bland is seen in an updated Facebook profile photo.
Sandra Bland is seen in an updated Facebook profile photo.

LISLE, Ill. (AP) – Family and friends of an Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail cell are saying their goodbyes at her wake and funeral near the Chicago suburb where she grew up.

An autopsy report released Friday found that Sandra Bland used a plastic trash bag to hang herself three days after a confrontational traffic stop. The 28-year-old woman’s family has questioned the findings, saying she was excited about starting a new job and wouldn’t have taken her own life.

A large crowd gathered Saturday morning at the DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lisle.

The July 10 traffic stop was captured on a patrol car dash camera video. It escalated to an assault arrest when the officer said Bland kicked him.

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