The charge is a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, Encinia could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The charge stemmed from a statement Encinia made in his report of the arrest, in which said he pulled Bland out of her car to continue the investigation.

“They just didn’t believe it … a warrant will be issued and we’ll go from there,” he said.

The Office of the Attorney General, which is representing Encinia in a separate wrongful death lawsuit filed by Bland’s family, has not yet returned requests for comment. DPS did not immediately respond to request for comment.

In December, special prosecutors announced that a grand jury convened to review the circumstances surrounding Bland’s detention and death had declined to issue any indictments to jail staff or any members of the Waller County Sheriff’s Office.

The 28-year-old African-American woman was arrested during a traffic stop in July. Three days later, jail staff found her hanging from a noose in her Waller County jail cell. Her death, ruled a suicide by medical examiners, sparked disbelief from her family and outraged civil rights activists across the country, who called for greater accountability on the part of law enforcement.

The subsequent outcry led state lawmakers to call for hearings on jail procedures and safety and for state regulators to change how inmates are evaluated for mental health issues after they are arrested.