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Attorney Cannon Lambert, center, speaks to the mother of Sandra Bland, Geneva Reed-Veal, left, and sister Sharon Cooper. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

The family of Sandra Bland has called for renewed investigation into her death after Dallas television station WFAA released previously unseen cellphone footage of the 2015 traffic stop that preceded her death, the New York Times reports.

What's new: Bland filmed the traffic stop on her cellphone. The footage shows former Texas state trooper Brian Encinia yelling at Bland to "get out of the car" before he brandished a taser and said "I will light you up!"

  • "What the video shows is that Encinia had no reason to be in fear of his safety," Bland family attorney Cannon Lambert told the NYT. "The video shows that he wasn't in fear of his safety. You could see that it was a cellphone, he was looking right at it."

What they're saying:

  • Bland family attorney Cannon Lambert says Bland's footage was not shown to him as evidence during the family's lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety and Waller County, per the Washington Post.
  • Texas department officials say they provided the footage to Lambert: "The premise that the video was not produced as a part of the discovery process is wrong ... A hard drive containing copies of 820 Gigabytes of data compiled by DPS from its investigation, including the dashcam videos, jail video footage and data from Sandra Bland's cell phone, was part of discovery."

Background: Bland, an African-American woman from Chicago, was found dead in her jail cell 3 days after a traffic stop in 2015. Her death was officially ruled a suicide but her family protested that conclusion, saying she would have not tried to kill herself.

  • Charges against Encinia were ultimately dropped in exchange for him promising to leave law enforcement, the NYT notes.

The bottom line: Bland's death was a catalyst for nationwide protests against police brutality and police misconduct, which many protesters believed to be causes of her death. Those protests were led largely by Black Lives Matter, which later incorporated Bland's death into the #SayHerName movement.

Go deeper ... Watch "Say Her Name: The Life and Death Of Sandra Bland" on HBO

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Biden to tap telecom trio for NTIA, FCC posts

Jessica Rosenworcel. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

President Joe Biden on Tuesday is expected to name Alan Davidson as head of the telecom arm of the Commerce Department, Jessica Rosenworcel as chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission and Gigi Sohn as a commissioner at the FCC, according to a person familiar with the process.

Why it matters: Internet availability and affordability has been a key policy priority for the White House, but the administration lagged in tapping people for the agency posts that oversee the issues.

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Facebook seeks fountain of youth

Data: Piper Sandler Taking Stock With Teens Study; Chart: Axios Visuals

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said that the company is pivoting its strategy to focus on young adults, following reports that teens have fled its apps.

Why it matters: A series of stories based on leaked whistleblower documents suggest the company sees the aging of its user base as an existential threat to its business.

Too big to cover alone: Newsrooms team up

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

News outlets are increasingly willing to work together on big, multifaceted stories — including this week's reporting on leaked documents from a Facebook whistleblower.

Why it matters: Collaborative efforts help bring more resources to bear on complex stories, some of which require a global reporting effort. But they require high degrees of coordination, and competition can sometimes get in the way.