Sandra Bland’s jail mate speaks out, describes her as ‘distraught’
HOUSTON — Insight into Sandra Bland’s final days from inside the jail are coming from a woman who says she was in the cell right next to Bland.
Alexandria Pyle had already been in the Waller County Jail for several days when Sandra Bland was brought in July 10.
“She seemed very distraught, but I don’t know if I would say suicidal,” Pyle said.
Bland was placed in cell 95 by herself, just across a small hallway from Pyle.
Though initially reluctant, Pyle says Bland opened up about the traffic stop that started it all.
“She wasn’t eating and when I did talk to her, she was just crying and crying and all I could say was they could not hold you forever,” Pyle said.
Over the next three days, Bland was talkative and eager to get out of jail, according to Pyle.
“She said she kept trying to call this one person that she moved in here, because she said she was from Chicago,” Pyle said.
A preliminary autopsy in the Sandra Bland case has ruled her death was suicide by hanging. Bland was found hanging in her jail cell three days after her arrest on July 13. Bland’s family doesn’t believe she committed suicide.