by Yvette Carnell
“I’m in my car, why do I have to put out my cigarette?”
Those were Sandra Bland’s EXACT words. That’s a QUESTION. Here’s what CNN reported:
“I am in my car. I don’t have to put out my cigarette,” Bland says.
And here’s the screenshot of what CNN is reporting:
Watch the videos again (below) if you don’t believe that Sandra Bland asked a question rather than disobeyed a command.
And CNN is not alone in its misrepresentation of Bland. Here’s a quote from NBC News:
Bland acknowledges that she’s annoyed because he was tailing her, then pulled her over. Encinia then asked Bland to put out her cigarette. When she refuses, he tells her to step out of the car. “I don’t want to step out of my car,” Bland says, adding, “I refuse to talk to you other than to identify myself.”
Actually, no. Again, Bland doesn’t refuse to put out the cigarette. She merely questions why she is being asked to put out the cigarette, which is a valid question.
So why are both NBC and CNN, ‘the most trusted name in news’, misquoting Bland? At this point, I have no other choice but to believe that the misquote and mischaracterization of Bland is intentional, given that the video and accompanying transcripts have been out for hours. This feels like collusion between law enforcement and media to paint Bland, who never raised her voice until she was assaulted, as an angry black woman who got what she deserved.
And here’s the full video: