#SandraBland's family has reached a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit -- an agreement that has brought "joy" after a year of grief, Bland's mother said.
The settlement includes compensation for Bland's death in custody as well as several changes to jail procedures in Waller County, Texas. Bland was found dead in her jail cell three days after she was pulled over for failing to use her turn signal in July 2015.
Bland family attorney Cannon Lambert said the jail procedure changes include: -- Using automated electronic sensors to ensure timely cell checks -- Providing an on-duty staff nurse or emergency medical technician for all shifts -- Providing continuing education for jailer screening
Larry Simmons, an attorney for Waller County, said in a statement that both sides still needed to iron out the final details of the settlement. which were supposed to remain confidential until after it was finalized.
As of now, Simmons said the settlement had yet to be completed, and still required approval from the Waller County Commissioners Court.
Nevertheless, Bland's mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, said the settlement is a clear victory. "Right now my emotion is joy, pure joy," she told HLN's Mike Galanos on Thursday. "There's a sense of God's justice for me." A controversial arrest
Bland's death sparked outrage from those who said she never should have been arrested in the first place. Protesters said her arrest after failing to use a turn signal showed bias and excessive use of force by police against African-Americans.