The Latest: Sanders says Bland's death result of her race

  • Cannon Lambert Sr., left, attorney for Sandra Bland’s family, speaks at a news conference Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 in Chicago. Bland's family says they have no faith in a grand jury that's considering criminal indictments in her death in a Texas jail last summer. The family criticized the grand jury proceedings in Waller County, Texas. Lambert talks to reporters as Bland's sisters, standing from left, Shante Needham, Sharon Bland, and Sierra Cole join mother Geneva Reed-Veal, center, and sister Sharon Cooper, left. (Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT

    Cannon Lambert Sr., left, attorney for Sandra Bland’s family, speaks at a news conference Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 in Chicago. Bland's family says they have no faith in a grand jury that's considering criminal indictments in her death in a Texas jail last summer. The family criticized the grand jury proceedings in Waller County, Texas. Lambert talks to reporters as Bland's sisters, standing from left, Shante Needham, Sharon Bland, and Sierra Cole join mother Geneva Reed-Veal, center, and sister Sharon Cooper, left. (Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley take the stage for a Democratic presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa.

    FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley take the stage for a Democratic presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 12/22/2015 1:20 PM

HEMPSTEAD, Texas -- The latest on the investigation into the arrest and death of a black woman, Sandra Bland, in a Texas jail cell (all times local):

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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. The stop escalated into a confrontation that ended with Bland being forced to the ground and arrested for assaulting a public servant.

Bland's family challenges the suicide ruling.

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