Much remains unknown in the death of Sandra Bland, the woman found hanged in her Texas jail cell after being arrested in what started as a routine traffic stop.
Why was she arrested? Why was the police officer so hostile? Why was she held in jail for so long? How did she end up dead three days after her arrest?
The answers to those questions are still unraveling and now another, horrifying question has been presented by many on the internet: Was Sandra Bland already dead when her mugshot was taken?
Some Twitter users have taken off with this theory, claiming the photo was taken with Ms Bland on the ground, rather than standing against a wall as usually is done.
Others claim that her eyes appear dead in the mugshot, compared to other released photos of the woman before her arrest.
No official reports seem to substantiate these claims. Indeed, when compare the mugshot of Ms Bland with other previous mugshots listed on the Waller County website, some appear very similar.
However, the fact that the question is even being asked highlights the lack of faith in so many US police departments.
Here is a taste of some of the debate that has been generated on social media:
The suggestion that #SandraBland may have already been dead in her mugshot does something to me. Like makes me sick.hyphen; Susie Carmichael (@Britkins07) July 23, 2015
Man listen here, if Sandra Bland was dead in this mugshot I will be the utmost DONE!!!! It wouldn't get anymore sickening than that there!hyphen; LaKendra Darielle (@TheyLoveKen__) 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?hyphen; D.W. (@ashanism) July 23, 2015
I Don't Believe Sandra Bland Was Dead In Her Mugshot. I Wish Y'all Stop Thishyphen; Bec (@ATribeCalledBec) July 23, 2015
This #SandraBland story is extremely sickening. Surely she wasn't lifeless in her mugshot? If she was dead, that's absolutely barbaric.hyphen; Shaun (@_shaundarley_) July 23, 2015
Sandra Bland was NOT dead in her mugshot pic.twitter.com/s7b9VBN5Vlhyphen; •Zoe• (@LadyHaiti45) July 23, 2015
#SandraBland was dead in her mugshot. Background=cell floor Hair falls back, not down Shoulders straight across, not slanted Face is flushedhyphen; Molly Powers (@mollypowerss_) July 23, 2015
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