Dash Cam Video Of Sandra Bland’s Arrest Has Been Doctored

Last night, following the press conference in which authorities confirmed that Sandra Bland’s death is being investigated as a homicide, dash cam video of the traffic stop and arrest was released to the public. The video proved that the arresting officer, Brian Encinia, violated protocol, used excessive force and that Bland should have never been brought into custody in the first place. (There’s a rundown of noteworthy moments in the video at the bottom of this post.) But within hours of the video being put online, people with eyes in their heads started to notice that the footage appeared to be heavily edited.

Journalist Ben Norton was the first person to do a thorough review of the tape on his blog, pointing out multiple instances where the footage repeats itself, as if on a loop. For example:

A man leaves the truck in the center side of the frame at 25:05. For the next 15 seconds, he walks out of the frame. At 25:19, he suddenly appears again, promptly disappears, then returns at 25:22. The same footage of him walking is subsequently repeated.

Another example:

At 32:37, a white car drives into the left side of the frame, then promptly disappears in the middle of the road. Seconds later, the same car drives back into the frame and subsequently turns left. This footage is later looped several times.

And that’s just the beginning — there’s more! Lest any trolls who happen upon this post try to claim this is just some lefty journo propaganda, multiple people with significant editing experience — including “Selma” director Ava DuVernay — looked at the video and immediately confirmed that they believe it’s been doctored.

The mainstream media is taking it seriously as well. Here are articles in the NBC News, TIME and the Los Angeles Times, all of which point out the video’s glaring continuity problems. Texas authorities say they are “looking into it.” Hopefully those aren’t the same authorities who doctored this video in the first place.

I don’t even know what to say anymore. The doctored video is horrible enough. What did they cut out? And once again, WHAT HAPPENED TO SANDRA BLAND?

UPDATE: The Texas Department of Public Safety has offered up this weak ass explanation for these heaping continuity errors:


[Ben Norton]

[NBC News]


[Los Angeles Times]