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Loops, Glitches Raise Questions About Texas Dash Cam Video

In this July 10, 2015, frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland.
Andy Alfaro AP
In this July 10, 2015, frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland.

Last night, the Texas Department of Public Safety released a 51-minute video showing police arresting Sandra Bland after a routine traffic stop.

The thrust of the debate, of course, has been how that stop escalated into a full-on confrontation between Bland and Texas state trooper Brian Encinia.

But the video is also peppered with loops and glitches that have raised questions about whether we're seeing the entirety of the video.

Via NBC News, here's one part of the video that raises those questions:

That part of the video shows a tow truck driver walk out of the frame and then, inexplicably, that same scene loops again while the audio continues seamlessly.

We've reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety, but they have yet to return our calls. DPS spokesman Tom Vinger told NBC news that he would review the video this morning.

"I will have to check in the morning. I can't speculate without looking at the CD," Vinger told NBC.

The Los Angeles Times points to another part of the video, where the same cars appear to loop into the frame a couple of times, while the audio keeps rolling uninterrupted.

It's worth noting that these questions about the video matter because they speak to the heart of this case: whether to believe an official account. Bland was taken to jail after that Friday stop. She spent the weekend there and on a Monday morning she was found hanged in her jail cell. The Harris County medical examiner ruled Bland's death a suicide, but her family has been disputing that finding from the beginning.

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