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(HOUSTON) —  The trooper who arrested Sandra Bland has been charged with perjury, court records indicate.

Bland was found hanging in her cell jail days after she was arrested on July 10, 2015.

The arresting officer, Brian Encinia, initially pulled 28-year-old Bland over in Prairie View, Texas for changing lanes improperly. Authorities at the time said she was “argumentative” and “uncooperative.”

Encinia was seen on dashboard camera saying that he would “light” her “up”, apparently with a stun gun.

A grand jury cleared the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and jail staff of any wrongdoing in Bland’s death, which was ruled a suicide.

Further details were not immediately available about the perjury charge, a misdemeanor.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that it would begin the process of discharging Encinia from the department following his indictment.

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