Sandra Bland spent her days as a fighter in the Black Lives Matter movement and even did a series of videos encouraging black Americans, who she called her "kings and "queens," to believe that change was possible, personally and politically.
She was, by all accounts, quite aware of the mistrust and fear many of her fellow African-Americans hold for cops.
On Friday, July 10, the 28-year-old woman from Naperville, Illinois drove to her alma mater in Prairie View, Texa,s for a job interview. On July 13, she was found dead, hanging with a plastic bag around her neck in a 15-by-20-foot cell.
Texas Rangers, under FBI supervision on Monday, opened a murder investigation as more and more people ask: Will Sandra Bland's life matter?
Bland was taken into custody when local Texas cops pulled her over for allegedly failing to use a signal while changing lanes. Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith called the death a suicide, plain and simple.
The activist had admitted in March to suffering from depression, but disturbing details have emerged -- disturbing enough to spark ther announcement of a murder probe.