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(PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas) — The Texas trooper involved in the arrest of Sandra Bland last July surrendered himself to police on Thursday, one day after being indicted on perjury charges.

Brian Encinia was booked at about 3:30 p.m. on the misdemeanor charge, the Waller County Sheriff said. He was later released on $2,500 bond.

No further details about the perjury charge had been released.

Bland, 28, was found hanging in her jail cell three days after her arrest for improper lane change. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that it was looking to terminate Encinia.

A dashcam video from the July arrest showed Encinia saying he would “light” Bland “up,” appearing to reference a stun gun. A grand jury later found the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and jail staff not guilty of any wrongdoing in Bland’s death, which a medical examiner ruled a suicide.

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