Nicki Minaj, Ava DuVernay React to Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest: "It's the Most Disturbing Thing"

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"I edit footage for a living. But anyone can see that this official video has been cut," DuVernay tweeted on Tuesday.

Nicki Minaj and Selma director Ava DuVernay are among the Hollywood names who are seeking justice for Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old woman who died while in police custody at a Texas jail three days following her arrest for failing to signal before changing lanes.

On Tuesday, dash cam footage of Bland's arrest was released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, causing a national uproar regarding the grounds of her arrest and further questions about her unexplained death. The video shows Bland being physically forced out of her car and threatened with a taser by a Texas state trooper after refusing to put out her cigarette during the confrontation.

Minaj took to Twitter and Instagram to spotlight the case on Thursday, encouraging all of her followers to look into the story and calling it the "most disturbing thing going on right now." The rapper also uploaded some of the footage onto her Instagram account, captioning the video post "Rest in Peace."


If you haven't looked into this story, please do. It's the most disturbing thing going on right now. #SandraBland

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Rest In Peace #SandraBland

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DuVernay also spoke out about Bland's death on Twitter, arguing that the newly released dash cam footage had been altered for public viewing. "I edit footage for a living. But anyone can see that this official video has been cut," she tweeted on Tuesday. "The real issue is: What happened to #SandraBland? Missing info from start to finish."

Jussie Smollett, Missy ElliottJesse Williams and Jessie J were among the other Hollywood notables to take issue with Bland's arrest. See their reactions to the case below.