In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, attorney general Loretta Lynch used Sandra Bland's tragic death as a launch pad to discuss police training tactics.
Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell earlier this month, was recorded being violently arrested three days before her death. Both police dash cam footage and a bystander's video shows Officer Brian Encinia ordering Bland to exit her car, and later kneeling on her back while he handcuffs her. Lynch said that the footage highlights minorities' fears of interacting with police officers.
"Many people see this situation escalating, and I think it shows the frustration that many minority communities feel when they feel that, you know, maybe it wouldn't have escalated in a different community," Lynch said. "I hope that that can bring this situation to light as well, so that people understand the frustration that many minority members feel when they're stopped by the police."
Since Lynch was confirmed in April, she has advocated for police reform. She spoke on the unrest in Baltimore shortly after Freddie Gray died, and she has advocated for universal police body cams and an overhaul in police training programs."