DALLAS – Less than two months after the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was jailed in Texas after a routine traffic stop, two of her jailers quietly moved to other jobs.
Rafael Zuniga and Michael Serges left the Waller County sheriff’s office in September 2015 for the Waller Police Department, a much smaller agency with far less responsibility. Records obtained by The Associated Press indicate they started their new jobs on the same day.
An attorney for the Bland family, which has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county and several employees, says both men admitted to falsifying a jail monitoring log that indicated guards checked on Bland an hour before she was found hanging in her cell in July 2015.
Local authorities ruled Bland’s death a suicide.