A video package prepared by CNN Tuesday on the jailhouse death of Sandra Bland failed to note that the woman had recently claimed to have been struggling with post traumatic stress disorder and mild depression — a seemingly important detail as the 28-year-old's family challenges the claim by Texas authorities that she committed suicide in her cell.
Police say that Bland, who was arrested on July 10 and found dead three days later, hung herself with a plastic garbage bag from inside her cell. The death was ruled a suicide by a medical examiner.
Bland's family, however, has disputed this claim, contending that she was excited about a new job and wouldn't take her own life.
CNN on Tuesday noted in the video package that surveillance footage didn't show anyone anyone walking in the hall to enter or leave her cell moments before she was found dead, but somehow failed to mention that Bland had claimed on social media in March that she had "a little bit of depression as well as PTSD."
#SandySpeaksPosted by Sandra Bland on Sunday, March 1, 2015
Moreover, CNN's lengthy story accompanying the video package didn't note Bland's depression claims until the 39th paragraph. Instead, the outset of CNN's article included questions appearing to cast police's official explanation into doubt.
But why would a young woman who just landed a new job at her alma mater take her own life?
Why would someone who family and friends say had so much to look forward to hang herself with a noose fashioned from a trash bag?
The video package produced by the cable-news network aired more than once on CNN.
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