Sheriff of Waller County, in Sandra Bland case, re-elected

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) - Voters in a Houston-area county that drew national scrutiny when a black motorist was found dead in jail after a contentious traffic stop will keep their sheriff.

Unofficial election results show Republican Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith won a third term Tuesday. Democrat Cedric Watson failed in his bid to become the county's first black sheriff.

Sandra Bland was pulled over in July 2015 by a Texas trooper in a videotaped stop leading to her charged with assaulting a public servant. Bland days later was found hanging in her cell. An autopsy determined Bland killed herself.

A judge on Nov. 1 dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Bland's family after a $1.9 million settlement was reached with Waller County, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the now-fired trooper.


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