Protest in Texas over Sandra Bland’s judgement

About two dozen people have gathered outside of a Texas courthouse to protest a grand jury's refusal to indict any sheriff's officials or jailers in the death of a Sandra Bland.

The event Tuesday in Hempstead was organized by Houston activist Deric Muhammad, who says he was disappointed but not surprised by the outcome.

Muhammad is calling for an economic boycott and a federal investigation of Waller County, which was where Bland was arrested in July during a contentious traffic stop. Her death three days later in the county jail was ruled a suicide.

Muhammad says he agrees with Bland's relatives who said they didn't expect much from a grand jury system.

12:30 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says Sandra Bland would not have died in police custody if she had been white.

The Vermont senator issued a brief statement Monday night after a Texas grand jury declined to indict any of the sheriff's officials or jailers for their treatment of Bland, who was black. The 28-year-old Chicago-area woman died in her Waller County jail cell in what the medical examiner determined was a suicide.

Sanders, who was campaigning in Iowa, says the U.S. must reform "a very broken criminal justice system."

The grand jury will reconvene in January to determine whether charges should be brought against the state trooper who stopped Bland on July 10 for a minor traffic infraction.

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