Texas: No settlement with Sandra Bland family over training

In this July 10, 2015, frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia reaches into the car to arrest Sandra Bland after she became combative during a routine traffic stop in Waller County, Texas. Bland was taken to the Waller County Jail that day and was found dead in her cell on July 13. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas law enforcement officials won’t confirm that nearly 4,000 troopers will receive de-escalation training despite an attorney for Sandra Bland’s family saying the state made that deal as part of a $1.9 million wrongful-death settlement.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said Tuesday the agency hasn’t settled with the family of the 28-year-old black woman who died in jail following a confrontational traffic stop in 2015.

Tom Rhodes, an attorney for the Bland family, says DPS acknowledged during settlement talks that the agency had no systematic training for de-escalation but agreed to put measures in place.

Rhodes says the settlement, however, didn’t spell out what that training must entail.

DPS responded with a statement saying that troopers already received 76 hours of training to properly de-escalate situations.

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