It's Been One Year Since Eric Garner Died. Here's What's Happened Since.
Friday marks the anniversary of Eric Garner's death from a fatal police chokehold in New York, but the aftermath of his death is far from over.The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo -- who put Garner into the prohibited chokehold -- should face federal civil rights charges. A New York state appeals court is deciding whether records from the grand jury investigation into Garner's death should be made public. And earlier this week, New York City announced it would pay the Garner family $5.9 million in order to fend off a full-blown wrongful death lawsuit.
Garner's death was the catalyst for massive #BlackLivesMatter protests across the country and helped inspire a series of criminal justice reforms in New York state.
As protesters march in New York Friday, calling for Pantaleo to be prosecuted and the grand jury records to be released, here's a look back at the saga that followed in the year after Garner's death.
6 Things You Need To Know About Sandra Bland
Sandra Bland, 28, was pulled over last Friday in Waller County, Texas, for failing to use her turn signal when changing lanes. She was arrested during the stop for allegedly assaulting a police office and taken to a jail in the town of Hempstead.
Three days later, Bland was found dead in her jail cell.
A bystander captured a video of the arrest that appears to show two officers forcibly holding Bland on the ground while she yelled, "You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that? I can't even hear."
The sheriff's office said Bland died from "what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation," but her family and friends suspect foul play.
As of Friday evening, about 75,000 people had signed a petition calling on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to conduct an investigation into Bland's death. The Texas Rangers, a statewide law enforcement agency, and the FBI have announced a joint investigation.
As many mourn Bland's death, it's important to recognize the life she lived and who she was. Here’s what we know so far:
1. Bland drove from her Illinois home to Texas to interview for a job at her alma mater. She got it.
Bland was an advocate for historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, and a Twitter page believed to be hers includes several posts expressing HBCU pride.
She was supposed to start a job at Prairie View A&M University in Waller County --from which she graduated in 2009 -- on July 15, her family told Chicago station ABC7.
Serena Williams Dazzles In A Bejeweled Gown At Wimbledon Champions Dinner
Show-stopper.Serena Williams was a vision in blush pink at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner at the Guild Hall Sunday in London. The superstar athlete donned a gown encrusted with jewels for the lavish affair in her honor.
The tennis champ defeated Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon championship Saturday, making it her sixth trophy at the All England Club and 21st Grand Slam title. She is just behind Margaret Court and Steffi Graf, who have 24 and 22 Grand Slams, respectively.
On Sunday, Williams and fellow Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic danced to the Bee Gees' hit "Night Fever" to celebrate their wins, the Associated Press reported.