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New Jail Footage Of Sandra Bland Is Released To Dispel Mugshot Rumors

Waller County officials released the new footage to prove that Bland was "alive and well" when her mugshot was taken to counter social media rumors that she was deceased in the photo.

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Waller County officials on Tuesday released new jailhouse video footage of Sandra Bland to counter social media rumors that she was dead when her mugshot was taken.

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The three days' worth of raw footage was released to show Bland was "alive and well" when she was brought into the jail, contrary to "viral" rumors that led to death threats against jail officials, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said.

At a news conference Tuesday, Duhon said the online hacker group Anonymous had encouraged people to engage in cyberattacks against Waller County's computer networks based on the "untruths."

He added that Waller County officials had received death threats based on the rumors that Bland was either killed or deceased before she was brought into the jail.

"When it comes to correct information, social media cannot be relied upon," Duhon said.

Duhon said Bland's appearance in the "infamous" mugshot could be attributed to her being asleep for several hours in her holding cell before the photo was taken.

Bland, he noted, also had "animated conversations" with someone on the phone in the booking desk area. She also made as many as six phone calls after her bond was set.

Duhon said the jailer also showed "sympathy" in allowing Bland to use the phone in the booking area after she made multiple requests to use it.

"I truly wish she had bonded out," Duhon said.

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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