Authorities release details on Bland’s autopsy

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DALLAS  —  Texas officials have released the autopsy report for a black woman found dead in a county jail three days after a confrontation with a white officer during a traffic stop.

The 11-page report released Friday corroborates findings detailed a day earlier by Waller County officials who said 28-year-old Sandra Bland committed suicide by hanging on July 13. Toxicology results are still pending.

The report by the Harris County medical examiner's office notes Bland used a slipknot to fashion a noose out of a plastic liner that was taken from a trash can.

Funeral services for Bland are scheduled for Saturday in suburban Chicago.

She was in Prairie View, about 50 miles northwest of Houston, for a job interview when she was stopped July 10 for a minor traffic infraction. Her exchange with a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper escalated to the point where she was handcuffed and thrown to the ground.

Her family has criticized the stop and her incarceration, adding that she was looking forward to a new job and wouldn't take her own life.

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