Ava DuVernay, director of the 2014 film “Selma,” thinks someone has altered the dashboard video of the arrest of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African American woman who allegedly committed suicide in a Texas jail after being arrested during a traffic stop on July 10. She tweeted last night:
The Los Angeles Times analyzed the video and found discrepancies as well:
From the Los Angeles Times article:
In the video, which is more than 52 minutes long, there are several spots in which cars and people disappear and reappear. When it released the video, the Public Safety Department did not mention any editing. The audio ends more than a minute before the video images do.
One of the more conspicuous anomalies comes 25 minutes and five seconds into the video, when a man walks from a truck off screen and then reappears suddenly at the spot where he began walking. The image flutters for a moment before resuming.
There are no breaks in the audio during this time. People are heard talking through the video gaps.
In another spot at 32 minutes and 37 seconds, a white car appears on the right side of the screen and then disappears. A moment later, what appears to be the same car comes back into the frame and turns left. During this time, Encinia is talking about what occurred during the arrest. There are no breaks in his speech.
As of this morning, the Texas Department of Public Safety is reportedly looking into the edits to try to determine exactly what happened:
Update. Authorities are blaming a technical issue for the repeated footage, not edits:
Editor’s note: This post has been updated.