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dairygirl4u2c
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Pro Sandra Bland

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Started: 7/26/2015 Category: People
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mobshark

Pro

Sandra Bland's altercation with the police officer recorded on camera specifically showed the great deal of racism and injustice led in this country. I believe she was murdered as opposed to committing suicide.
dairygirl4u2c

Con

there is no evidence the altercation had anything to do with race. the officer was upset she was not complying with his requests. that would have happened to anyone, even if they are within their rights to not listen.

there is no evidence she was murdered, all signs point to suicide. as the coroner indicated. she did seem a bit upbeat while talking to her friiends and family, but otherwise, she seemed erratic and all the indicators around her death scene point to suicide.
Debate Round No. 1
mobshark

Pro

The police officer really had no right to physically drag Bland from her vehicle for such a small offense. She was irritated that she got pulled over, as anyone would be. Sandra Bland's death seems staged in my opinion due to the research I did on her background. She was a big activist in her nearby church and worked a lot towards equality. It doesn't make sense for a woman who argued back to a police officer to defend herself and then kill herself in jail for a minuscule offense.
dairygirl4u2c

Con

con has done nothing to rebut the issue of race not being a factor.

her behavior was erratic, and all the other signs pointed to suicide. i'll take the coroner's opinon over con's 'hunch' any time.
Debate Round No. 2
mobshark

Pro

The county of which Sandra Bland died in has a known history for being obviously racist towards those that aren't white. Race is in fact a factor as you can see by the recording. The police officer was entirely unprofessional with the way he handled the situation. Getting angry and physical towards someone that shows no sign of threat is absurd.

Case workers are trailing evidence as fas as how she died. Again, she would not have killed herself for such a small offense. She could have also been mistreated to the point of wanting to kill herself. Studies have shown Waller County Jail had high intentions to treat black people less humanely than other inmates.

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dairygirl4u2c

Con

con says race is was a factor evident by the recording. but con cites no specific examples that would necessitate he actions were about race. if anything, i'd argue his actions were fury over being resisted, which has nothing to do with race. con's point about race being a problem generally in the area doesn't mean it was necessarily in that case. im sure racism is alive and well in a lot of places, but that doesn't mean every time an officer is abusive in those areas it's because of race.

as obnoxious as the person was in response to the police, the same situation probabably just continued, would be the best guess. police may or may not have gone too far, but she was still responding obnoxiously. this could have agitated her to the point of deeath. con still hasn't shown specific reasons why we sould assume she was murdered. suicide, i'm going with the coroner on this one.
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