- Brianna Grier, 28, died in July after falling from the police car with handcuffs in the back seat.
- Her family is now asking for answers after investigators said one of the car’s doors was not closed.
- Investigators have released body camera footage showing the events before and after the fatal fall.
Georgia authorities on Friday released body camera footage of an incident last month in which a woman died after falling out of a police cruiser while handcuffed.
The parents of Brianna Grier, 28, said they called 911 after she suffered a mental health episode and threatened to harm her and her three-year-old twins. Grier was diagnosed with schizophrenia, ca multiple references.
Her family he told CNN that an ambulance usually came to take her to the hospital whenever she was called, but that only the police responded to the incident on the evening of July 15.
Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing the Griers, he said Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Grier’s family home, arrested and handcuffed her, then placed her in a squad car without a seat belt.
Body camera footage from one of the deputies shows Grier insisting she is not drunk and asking for a breathalyzer before being placed in the patrol car.
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She is then seen fighting with the officers as they take her to their car. Grier is also heard yelling that the officers would have to knock her out to get her into the car.
When one of the deputies brandishes his taser, Grier yells, “You can taser me, I don’t care, I don’t care.” The deputy then holds up the taser holster and says he won’t tweezer her.
The two officers finally lift Grier off the ground and place her in their police car. Less than a minute into the drive, the video shows a deputy stop and get out of his vehicle.
Grier is then seen motionless and face down by the side of the road. Despite the deputy calling her name and hitting her side repeatedly, Grier did not respond.
Another officer, who appears to be driving a separate vehicle, then arrives at the scene and states that Grier is still breathing. The officer then unsuccessfully tries to get Grier to sit down as they call an ambulance.
the researchers said Grier was seriously injured in the incident and died six days later in hospital. Crump said she had suffered a brain injury as a result of the fall.
Notably, the video did not show any of the officers interacting with the door that remained open. However, one of them is heard asking the other if it was closed, to which the other officer says “Yes”.
The video also does not show Grier falling from the police vehicle.
Grier’s parents, Marvin and Mary, demanded answers about their daughter’s death. “We need answers. We need closure. We need to know the truth,” said Marvin Grier, per CBS News.
Crump has criticized the officers’ actions as “reckless behavior.” “Deliberate indifference at the hands of someone who had a mental health crisis,” he said, according to the paper.
The lawyer asked for her posting body cam footage by the other MP at the scene, calling on the authorities to provide “full transparency”.