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“Sandra Bland”


Iron Roots Athlete Memorial WOD

1.1K 19
  • For Time
  • Buy-In: 1,987 meter Bike
  • Directly into, 3 Rounds of:
  • 2 Handstand Push-Ups
  • 7 Deadlifts (245/195 lb)
  • 28 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lb)
  • Cash-Out: 2,015 meter Bike

With a running clock, as fast as possible perform the prescribed work. Athlete must complete the buy-in of 1,987 meter Bike before moving on to 3 rounds of 2 Handstand Push-Ups, 7 Deadlifts, and 28 Wall Ball Shots. To complete the workout, perform the cash-out of 2,015 meter Bike.

Score is the time on the clock when the cash-out is completed.

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Background: This workout is dedicated to Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African American woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a pretextual traffic stop.

Her death was ruled a suicide. It was followed by protests against her arrest, disputing the cause of death, and alleging racial violence against her.

Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation on July 10 by State Trooper Brian Encinia. The exchange escalated, resulting in Bland’s arrest and a charge of assaulting a police officer. The arrest was partially recorded by Encinia’s dashcam, a bystander’s cell phone, and Bland’s own cell phone. After authorities reviewed the dashcam footage, Encinia was placed on administrative leave for failing to follow proper traffic stop procedures.

Texas authorities and the FBI conducted an investigation into Bland’s death and determined the Waller County jail did not follow required policies, including time checks on inmates and ensuring that employees had completed required mental health training.

In December 2015, a grand jury declined to indict the county sheriff and jail staff for a felony relating to Bland’s death. The following month, Encinia was indicted for perjury for making false statements about the circumstances surrounding Bland’s arrest, and he was subsequently fired by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

This workout was designed by Coach Alisa @mgfitness.go in collaboration with Iron Roots Athlete @iron.roots.athlete as part of their initiative to continue fostering conversations on the progress of supporting people of color in the fitness community. It was one of the initial memorial WODs for their ‘Walk With Us: A Program Series With a Purpose.’

The rep scheme signifies:
– 1,987 meters for the year when Sandra was bon
– 2 and 7 reps for Sandra’s birthday, February 7, 1987
– 28 for her age when she passed away
– 2,015 meters for the year when Sandra was arrested.

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