Nicki Minaj, Ava DuVernay React to Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest: "It's the Most Disturbing Thing"
"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."
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."
Glitches. Motion sensors. Clouds. Reasons from those who say #SandraBland vid is pristine. Doesn't explain loops + audio cuts. But, um, ok.— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) July 22, 2015
I disagree. But not worth arguing about. Because the real issue is: What happened to #SandraBland? Missing info from start to finish. Why?— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) July 22, 2015
Jussie Smollett, Missy Elliott, Jesse Williams and Jessie J were among the other Hollywood notables to take issue with Bland's arrest. See their reactions to the case below.
When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions!— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) July 23, 2015
17 WE DO NOT BEGIN AS POLICE PROPERTY, to be freed or detained based on some guy's mood or feeling. We are not theirs.— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 22, 2015
Coroner just texted #SandraBland family atty: they messed up autopsy & "have to do another one." Dashcam & jail tape missing chunks of time.— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 23, 2015