Bernie Sanders: Sandra Bland wouldn’t have died if she were white

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Bernie Sanders said in a statement that Sandra Bland would not have died in jail were she a white woman. (WGN file.)

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has weighed in on the Sandra Bland case.

Sanders said in a statement, “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.”

Sanders issued the statement following the grand jury’s decision not to issue any charges in Bland’s death.

The Chicago-area woman was pulled over July 10 by a Texas state trooper for making an improper lane change. Three days later she was found dead in her jail cell.

A grand jury decided Monday no felony crime was committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in the incident.