Katy Edition | July 2020

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VOLUME 8, ISSUE 11  JULY 23AUG. 19, 2020

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Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, was found dead ve years ago in police custody at the Waller County jail after being arrested by a state trooper. Here is a timeline of events. EVENTS LEADING TONEWLAW SOURCES: ATTORNEY CANNON LAMBERT OF KARCHMAR & LAMBERT PC, ABC 13COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

DPS trooper Brian Encinia pulls Bland over for failing to signal a lane change and takes her into custody. JULY 10, 2015

Bland is found dead in her Waller County jail cell. Her death was ruled a suicide. JULY 13, 2015

JAN. 7, 2016

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Encinia is indicted on perjury charge and red by the DPS. Encinia turns himself into jail.

Bland’s family settles civil lawsuits against Encinia for $1.9 million. SEPT. 15, 2016

MARCH 22, 2016

Encinia pleads not guilty to the perjury charge. State Rep. Garnet Coleman introduces the Sandra Bland bill.

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SANDRA BLAND ACT • mandates county jails to divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues to treatment • requires independent agency to review jail deaths • makes it easier for defendants with mental illness to receive personal bond

JUNE 2017

Legislators ask Gov. Greg Abbott to prioritize police reform during the 2021 legislative session. Abbott declines to commit. JULY 2020

Sandra Bland Act is signed into law. JUNE 15,2017

The perjury charge is dropped against Encinia after he agrees to never work in law enforcement again.

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Experts reect 5 years after Sandra Bland’s death

BY NOLA Z. VALENTE

Bland, who died in police custody at the Waller County Jail in 2015. Bland, 28, was found hanging in her jail cell three days after state trooper Brian Encinia arrested her after a

routine trac stop July 10, 2015. Her death was ruled a suicide. Encinia stopped Bland after she failed to signal a lane change, and the CONTINUED ON 30

Recent protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have resurfaced other cases of police brutality against Black Americans, including Sandra

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REALTORS REACT Katy-area Realtors are optimistic about the residential real estate market.

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SYED MUBASHIR, OWNER OF KATYAREA M&M REALTY “EVENWITH THE ENERGY INDUSTRY GOINGDOWN, WE’RE STILL SUSTAINED BYNEWPEOPLE COMINGANDMOVING.”

BRAD EVANS, KATYAREA REALTOR WITH HOUSTON PROPERTIES TEAM “ARECORD LOW MORTGAGE RATE IS ONE OF THE BIG REASONS THAT HOUSING IS STILL DOINGASWELL AS IT IS.”

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BY JEN PARA

The coronavirus pandemic has aected nearly every aspect of everyday life, includ- ing the local residential real estate market. Several experts discussed how the Katy- area home market has fared during the coronavirus pandemic along with what could happen in the next few months.

“NOW, THERE ISMOREWEIGHT ANDVALUE ONBEING CLOSE TOGREEN SPACE ANDWALKING TRAILS, THE ABILITY TOGET OUT, BUT STAY CLOSE.”

JIHAN WELLS, KATYAREA REALTOR WITH JANE BYRD PROPERTIES INTERNATIONAL LLC

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