She drove stupid, was going to get off with a warning but was a bitch, her family and friends couldn't/wouldn't come up with $500 for bail, and she lost her shit.
The officials made two arguable "bad" moves (not saying they were bad moves, but just to lay them out): the cop pulled her over to give her a warning and they didn't watch her closely enough when they didn't have (to my knowledge) any constructive information that she was suicidal.
Meanwhile, she drove shitty, acted badly, had shitty people in her life, and decided to end her life.
Look, having someone die in custody is bad. We should do our best to stop it. But fuck, what are the cops supposed to do? Not pull people over for shitty driving?
The Prairie View City Council decided Tuesday night to keep a stretch of road leading into Prairie View A&M University named in honor of Sandra Bland, the young woman who died in the Waller County Jail in July.
The council could have voted to reverse its decision, after hearing complaints from some longtime residents. That didn’t happen and the name Sandra Bland Parkway stands. But Tuesday night, we heard how divided the community is over a street sign and all it represents.
“The whole world is talking about Sandra Bland,” said one supporter from the council podium. “And Sandra Bland is putting Prairie View on the map.”
The question Tuesday night was what that map should say. The city council already voted in August to rename the stretch of University Drive, where Sandra Bland was pulled over, in her honor.
“If I get pulled over, they’re gonna see Sandra Bland Parkway and think twice,” said supporter Latoya Smith.
But one council member reopened the issue, because not everyone got to speak at the first meeting.
“No flyers were posted to inform the community of this very important vote,” said one opponent from the podium.
Many longtime Prairie View residents said Sandra Bland doesn’t represent their community.
“There are other people in the community that are worthy of having a street renamed after them,” said Tyron Cyrus Mattox. “Sandy Bland was just here for a minute.”
But supporters say it’s larger than one woman. It’s about the injustice they believe she faced from a DPS trooper on the street to the Waller County Jail, where she died—ultimately ruled a suicide.
The street signs are set to change to Sandra Bland Parkway next month. That’s also when a grand jury could begin to review the investigation into her death.
“I want them to remember that something happened on that street and that there is work that still needs to be done in Prairie View, Texas,” said Smith.
One supporter played Bland’s own words from a video blog, where she talked about how “every day people are dying, people are getting hurt.”
And no matter what the sign reads, supporters say continuing the conversation is Bland’s true legacy.
Oh fun fact another feeder road to the loop around the university was founded by James. R. Muse (a bleck btw) who actually did shit for the community besides driving like shit and being a lippy twat...
Funeral service for Mr. Muse will be held Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Zion CME Church, 40998 Mt. Zion Road in Sunnyside, with interment in the Prairie View Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on May 23 in Johnson-Phillip All Faiths Chapel at Prairie View A&M University from 7 to 8 p.m.. Arrangements are under the direction of Singleton and Sons Funeral Home of Hempstead.
Mr. Muse was born on Dec. 28, 1906 in Sunnyside, Texas, where he was raised in a Christian home to honor, respect and to serve others without prejudice. His values were also shaped through his attendance and participation in activities at the Mt. Zion CME Methodist Church, where he served as a deacon until his retirement in 1990 and failing health.
While growing up in Sunnyside, most of the neighbors knew that James was special and was destined for success in whatever he did. He loved the land and farming was his passion. He married his lovely wife, Elizabeth Foster, on Oct. 27, 1925 and the couple settled down in the Prairie View area in 1938 where he purchased farmland to further his passion. Mr. Muse was among the original 14 landowners in Prairie View, who purchased the property from the government. To the union eight children were born, two of which James Jr. and Beverly Ann preceded him in death.
Along with his wife Elizabeth and their children, the Muses raised watermelons, corn, peanuts, cattle, hogs, chickens, ducks, etc. They are the only couple from the original landowners still living in Prairie View. The children of the other 13 families call the Muses their adopted parents and are usually in attendance at family gatherings. They also worked the farm together with the help of the children and there were chores for every one.
According to his eldest, Mrs. Arie Walker, who has chronicled the family history, "My parents were very giving people. They would share messes of meats and vegetables with neighbors."
In addition to his farming duties, Mr. Muse worked with the Waller County Road and Bridge Department for a while. There he was encouraged to seek public office as a county commissioner. Muse took the challenge and in 1978, he was elected commissioner for Precinct 2, the first black elected as a commissioner in Waller County. Unlike most bosses, Mr. Muse could be seen helping and showing his workers what needed to be done. A trait to be emulated in today's society.
Mr. Muse was the recipient of many awards and recognition for his service and support of community development. In 2003, he was honored with the naming of the "James Muse Parkway" which runs from Business Highway 290 to Owens Road in Prairie View. Prairie View Mayor Frank D. Jackson also declared that day "James R. Muse Day" in Prairie View to commemorate the honor.
While Mr. Muse did not further his college education, he did however study law and business on his own and was able to amass a great following and respect from his peers. You could say, as Rudyard Kipling puts it "He could walk with kings and not lose the common touch." As he stated, "I learn from others."
Mr. Muse was a major pillar in the community and championed may causes along with former Prairie View Mayor Eristus Sams, particularly the right for students to vote. In 1978, that fight paid off when the students voted in the county elections, which led to his being elected.
I first met Mr. Muse in 1978 and followed his career through his retirement. On the celebration of his 100th Birthday, the Waller County News Citizen featured a story on this centenarian. At that time Mr. Muse stated that he believed his longevity was because of his "faith in God, teachings of my parents, helping others and doing God's work kept him grounded." He said his parents taught him to be honest in everything he did, treat others with respect and to help others as much as he can. He expressed his love for mankind and the things that he did to help the people of the community.
During my conversation with Mr. Muse, I asked him what would he attribute the longevity of his marriage to, he smiled, hesitated and said, "That's a long story." He continued to say that "A couple must be willing to work together and do things together." Indeed, the Muses have worked hand in hand on the farm during growing and harvesting seasons. They have also spent time fishing on the lake in their back yard. Their love for God, love of one another, love for family and service to the community is the key to their survival. Coincidently, Mrs. Muse celebrated her 101st birthday on March 28, 2008 with a family gathering at the home of their daughter Arie Walker. Mr. Muse was there to honor his lovely wife.
In spite of his age and failing health, he still possessed an engaging personality and was on top of everything that was going on around him. His simplistic approach is something to be admired. Among those he admired were Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois and Dr. Alvin I. Thomas, president emeritus of Prairie View A&M University. "In my opinion, Dr. Thomas is a very smart man with vision, great wisdom and courage," he said.
Mr. Muse is survived by his wife Elizabeth, children Arie, Lillian, Benjamin, Erma, Mary, and Wilma, and 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, who met Bland’s family in October, expressed his dismay at the grand jury’s decision in a statement Monday night.
“Sandra Bland should not have died while in police custody,” Sanders said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that she, like too many African-Americans who die in police custody, would be alive today if she were a white woman.”
She should not have died but she did, so instead of living in unicorn fantasy land where everything is free and the state enforces laws through hugs, lets look at the reality of what actually happens when you allow politicians to control you through their police force.
Politicians want to make it a racial issue to distract from the fact that government is enforced through violence no matter what color or religion you are. They want you to think that there is this fantasy land police force that treats white people with respect, and if we could just get rid of racists, blacks would get the same royal treatment. In reality, cops kill and injure more white people than blacks even when you take into account population size.
The left wants big government and then complains when they get it. You have the liberal side that is against big government police state harassing people. But the same people are also progressives that are in favor of big government harassing people 'for the greater good'.
Oh is this woman getting a road named after her totally not race related shooting?
'I'm living day to day' - boyfriend's grief over sorority girl shot dead 'by Marine' after rap group in SUV 'sexually harassed her and her female passenger'
The boyfriend of the sorority girl allegedly murdered by an active duty Marine in a road rage attack on New Year's morning has told how he is surviving, 'day by day'.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Online Brice Riddell, 20, who had dated Sara Mutschlechner since mid-summer spoke of his devastation at how life can 'just be gone in a moment' and revealed his heartfelt hope that justice will be done for his 'sweet sweet girl.'
Standing in front of his fraternity home in Denton, Texas, the University of North Texas student said: 'We were together at least midway through the summer until New Year.
'It's day by day right now. We're all getting stronger in remembrance for all the great times we had with Sara.
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Grief: Brice Riddell, 20, had dated Sara Mutschlechner since mid-summer. He spoke of his devastation at how life can 'just be gone in a moment' and revealed his hope that justice will be done for his 'sweet sweet girl'.
Pictured: Cpl Eric Jamal Johnson, 20, (left) has been arrested on suspicion of shooting dead sorority sister Sara Mutschlechner (right), a 20-year-old University of North Texas junior, early on New Year's Day
Pictured: Cpl Eric Johnson, was arrested at his air base in Yuma, Arizona, on Tuesday morning. He is an administrative specialist of Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1, which he joined in August 2013
'There was a very nice vigil that happened in the Greek Life office. I'm drawing strength from all the brothers and friends and just hanging out and having good times because that's what Sara would have wanted.'
Twenty-year-old Sara's last tweet was a reference to the time she had spent with Brice earlier on that fateful New Year's Eve night and Brice recalled: 'I was with her all the way up until about an hour before everything transpired.
'It's just crazy to imagine how everything can just be gone in a moment.'
Brice had partied with Sara and friends at the now infamous gathering on Crisoforo Drive until around 1 in the morning when he left, bidding her a Happy New Year.
Now, trying to make sense of the violence that followed barely an hour later Brice said: 'I don't know if it was out of hate, out of just wanting to make a point more than they even intended but the issue is it happened and it's not okay.
'I'm just really relieved that they've finally found somebody who's directly related to what happened. She was such a sweet, sweet girl.
'She deserves justice.'
Cpl Eric Johnson, of Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1, was arrested at his air base in Yuma, Arizona, on Tuesday morning.
According to police, shots were fired from a black SUV that pulled up beside Sara as she was driving through Denton, Texas, in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Johnson, 20, is an administrative specialist and had been stationed at the Marine Corp Air Station in Yuma since August 12, 2013. It is unclear if he was on holiday leave.