Waller County Texas officials released a new video on Tuesday showing Sanrda Bland alive during her jail intake, in an attempt to dispel rumors that she was dead when her mugshot was taken.
The conspiracy theory that Bland was dead in her mugshot has sparked death threats against county officials.
Murky details remain endless in the mysterious case of Sandra Bland’s death — deemed a suicide by authorities, but family and activists contest that claim. Her mental state has been repeatedly questioned as inconsistencies from her jail intake forms can’t quite pin whether she was suicidal or not. In a voicemail to a friend she said she was “at a loss for words, honestly, about this whole process. How did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this?"
As new questions unfold without answer each day, a new speculation has emerged: was Bland already dead when her mugshot was taken?
Twitter has erupted with this conspiracy theory citing suspicious details in the photo.
The scary question is, was #SandraBland even alive in her "mugshot"...— RN (@DopeEthiopian) July 23, 2015
I can't look at #SandraBland 's mugshot again...it makes me feel sick. If she is truly dead in that photo...I can't...?? and for speaking up?— D.W. (@ashanism) July 23, 2015
#SandraBland was dead in her mugshot. Background=cell floor Hair falls back, not down Shoulders straight across, not slanted Face is flushed— Molly Powers (@mollypowerss_) July 23, 2015
So, if #SandraBland was dead in the mugshot (I believe she was) her body could have been easily adjusted to make her look "alive".— RN (@DopeEthiopian) July 23, 2015
Every time I see that "mugshot" of #SandraBland on the floor, I catch chills. I'm looking a dead woman in her eyes & she's innocent.— saycheesetv.com (@SayCheese_TV) July 23, 2015
Users note the mugshot’s background is the same color as the cell floor, that her hair is falling back and the angle of the photograph all point to the possibility she was already dead when the shot was snapped.