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Groups in Texas hold vigil, protest in death of Sandra Bland
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Groups in Texas hold vigil, protest in death of Sandra Bland

Malik Muhammad raises his fist during a demonstration calling for the firing and indictment of Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Katy, Texas. Sandra Bland was found dead in her cell on July 13 in the Waller County Jail, just days after being arrested by Encinia during a traffic stop. Authorities determined through an autopsy that Bland hanged herself with a plastic bag. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — Hundreds have gathered in Southeast Texas for a vigil and march in memory of Sandra Bland, the Illinois woman found dead in a jail days after her arrest during a traffic stop.

Houston TV station KPRC reports attendees met at a Prairie View church Sunday, then marched across Prairie View A&M University, which Bland attended.

Some carried signs that said “Justice for Sandra.” Others called for a Justice Department investigation into her death.

Authorities have said Bland hanged herself, a finding her family disputes.

Also Sunday, The Houston Chronicle reports dozens protested outside a residence in Katy, west of Houston, that they believed belongs to the state trooper who arrested Bland. Protesters criticized his actions, which were captured on dashcam video, and called for him to be fired and criminally charged.

The trooper is on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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