Since Sandra Bland died in the Waller County jail on July 13th there has been one person who has been consistent with a prayer vigil outside of the county lock up. That person is St. John’s Downtown Pastor Hannah Adair Bonner. Needless to say, her presence has likely been a thorn in the side of some of those who run the jail. Apparently, that came to a head Monday afternoon when Bonner encountered Sheriff Glenn Smith.
He was walking around outside the jail checking to make sure the entry or doorway to the jail wasn’t blocked. He seemed a bit irritated from the video that Bonner and her supporters captured of the incident. In the 52 second long video of back and forth Sheriff Smith tells Bonner to go back to the church of Satan that she runs. She responds simply by saying oh, that was great – thank you.
This video shows Sheriff Smith’s growing frustration with the public pressure his administration has seen since Bland died in his jail last month. This encounter is also a day after several demonstrators made their way into the lobby of the jail and demanded justice in the Chicago native’s death. Deputies then forced the group out of the building. I have not been able to reach the Sheriff for a comment. I have posted a copy of the video so you can be the judge of this encounter!
SUNDAY’S PROTEST AT THE WALLER COUNTY JAIL AND WHILE THE SHERIFF MAY HAVE BEEN IRRITATED!
What happened to Sandra Bland?
That’s the question that’s floating around Waller County this week.
This is after Bland was arrested Friday and placed in the Waller County jail.
Monday she was found hanging in her jail cell according to friends.
Sources in the community say they spoke with Bland Saturday and she had a $5,000 bond for assaulting a police officer. We’re told she was originally pulled over for failing to signal by a State Trooper.
Some in the racially charged community say they now suspect foul play. One friend tells the Factor the 28 year old just got a new job and had everything to live for.
Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis confirms the Texas Rangers have been brought in to conduct the investigation.
A representative at the Sheriff’s office says they will soon release a press release on the issue.
In the meantime, some friends in the community say they plan to protest to the sheriff’s office until they get answers and justice.
I had a chance to speak with Bland’s sister who said the family is still in Chicago and they won’t likely get to Texas until Friday.
As expected the sister says the family I still trying to digest all of the facts before they make their next move!
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a woman found at 2120 El Paseo about 11:05 p.m. last Friday (April 17).
The suspect, Josephy Anthony Lightsey (w/m, 37), is charged with murder in the 338th State District Court. He is accused in the death of his mother. A photo of suspect Lightsey is attached to this news release.
The female victim’s identity is pending notification to family members by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Homicide Division Officers A. Vinogradov and M. Arroyo reported:
On Friday evening, Lightsey walked into the University of Texas police headquarters on Knight Road and told officers there he had shot his mother in an apartment at the above address. HPD officers then responded to the location and found an elderly female deceased of a gunshot wound. A weapon was recovered at the scene.
Lightsey was then brought to HPD Headquarters where he spoke to homicide investigators and admitted to his role in his mother’s death.
Update: The Medical Examiner will have to call this case along with Waller County investigators.
Fire investigators were on the scene in Waller County Friday afternoon after a body was found in a house that burned down.
Those close to the investigation tell the Factor a person’s body with a gunshot wound to the head was found in the house located in Hockley, Texas.
The Glass Road residence appeared to be set on fire but arson investigators are trying to determine if it is some type of suicide or if someone was murdered and the house was set on fire to cover it up.
The Factor is making calls to investigators to determine exactly what happened in the house.