If you cut through the conspiracy theories, "articles" from janky click-bait websites, and misleading tweets from leaders within the Black Lives Matter movement (see above), much of the evidence released thus far regarding Sandra Bland suggests she actually did kill herself. For example:
-Bland posted a YouTube video where she talks of battling post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, both of which increase the likelihood of suicide.
-Bland noted on the jail questionnaire that in 2014 she attempted suicide by ingesting pills. People who commit suicide almost always have a history of earlier suicide attempts. On this same questionnaire, she also said that she had not suffered from depression. Maybe she did not see herself as a depressive, or maybe she would have answered in the affirmative if the question said, "Do you suffer from PTSD?" Who knows? But we do know she was on medication, had attempted suicide, suffered from PTSD, and was a cutter (see next point).
-What's been released of the autopsy shows healed cuts on Bland's arm, meaning that she was likely a cutter. People who mutilate themselves are also at an increased risk for suicide.
-The preliminary autopsy report also indicates Bland had no defensive wounds from trying to fight off someone who would do her harm.
-Bland was moving to a new city for a new job. This sounds exciting to most of us, but moving is actually one of the more stressful events in life, even more so to someone suffering from depression, PTSD, and a recent suicide attempt. Even a short stay in jail and police negligence could have very well pushed her over the edge.
Now, this is not to say Waller County Sheriff's Office does not share some responsibility for Bland's death. Police knew she was a suicide risk. They either didn't care enough to prevent her from killing herself or were too dumb to stop her. Hell, she should have never been arrested in the first place. But to say the cops murdered her, as Deray and other smart folks have said, despite continual, mounting evidence that Bland committed suicide, is disingenuous and reflects a blind and unquestioning devotion to a cops vs black folks narrative, which only serves to further their careers in the lucrative race industry, while moving attention away from actual police murders, and proving that movements on the left (where I am politically) jump to conclusions and disregard facts as dangerously as those on the far-right.