Georgia authorities release body camera footage after woman dies following fall from patrol car
Brianna Grier, 28, was dealing with a mental wellness episode on July 15 when her mom named law enforcement to aid with the make a difference, civil legal rights attorney Ben Crump claimed at a information meeting Friday.
Crump, who is representing the Grier family, explained Grier had a historical past of psychological health crises and the family experienced identified as law enforcement quite a few periods in the past.
“When they used to arrive out to the household they’d call an ambulance support,” Grier’s father Marvin Grier claimed. “The ambulance services would appear out and they would choose her to the hospital to get some help.”
“But this time they only known as the police, and the police failed to convey the ambulance with them, even even though, Ms. Mary (Brianna’s mother) evidently said she was possessing an episode,” Crump discussed.
Crump reported Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies came into the residence, handcuffed Grier and placed her in the back again of a patrol motor vehicle to acquire her into custody for allegedly resisting arrest.
In human body digital camera movie unveiled by the Ga Bureau of Investigation, Grier asks deputies to give her a breathalyzer exam and regularly tells officers she is not drunk. According to a time stamp on the online video, Grier was put in the patrol auto soon just before 1 a.m. on July 15.
Grier then yells to officers stating she’s likely to hang herself if she is placed in the motor vehicle. They move forward to put her in handcuffs and endeavor to location her in a squad motor vehicle but when she resists further, an officer is seen unholstering his taser.
When Grier sees this, she yells at officers indicating they can tase her, and that she will not treatment. The officer replies, indicating he is not likely to tase her.
The video shows the officer putting the Taser absent and then going for walks absent from the rear driver’s side door. When the officer returns, he is observed lifting Grier off the ground and putting her in the back again seat of the patrol car or truck.
The human body digital camera movie fails to show if officers opened, shut or had any interaction with the rear passenger aspect door, but an officer is heard inquiring a further officer if the doorway is closed.
GBI investigators concluded Wednesday that “the rear passenger aspect door of the patrol vehicle, near where Grier was sitting down, was never ever closed,” in accordance to a information launch.
A lot less than a moment later on, soon after the officers push absent from the Grier relatives property, the video demonstrates an officer suddenly quit his auto and get out.
The moment out of the car, the officer locates Grier laying on the facet of the highway, experience down. Grier will not reply to the officer, who is tapping her side and stating her title. The officer then radios to an oncoming patrol motor vehicle that is guiding him that they are going to need to have an ambulance.
The footage does not present the minute Grier falls out of the car or truck but does clearly show her laying encounter 1st on the ground and the rear passenger car door open.
The second officer states that Grier is however respiration. Grier never responds to the officers calling her identify after falling out of the patrol motor vehicle. The movie finishes with Grier on the ground although police hold out for paramedics.
Crump alleges that police did not safe Grier in a seatbelt though she was handcuffed in the again of the law enforcement automobile and as a final result, when the car started out shifting, she someway fell out of the auto, landed on her head, cracked her skull and then went into a coma for six times just before dying because of her accidents.
Investigators reviewed various entire body digital camera movies, carried out quite a few interviews and carried out “mechanical checks on the patrol motor vehicle” to figure out “if there have been possible mechanical malfunctions” to the car or truck, the GBI assertion reads.
The GBI news release notes that two deputies were hoping to get her into the again of the patrol motor vehicle immediately after she was arrested and place in handcuffs.
Grier advised the deputies she was heading to damage herself and was on the ground refusing to get into the patrol car or truck, according to the launch.
The GBI assertion stated the two deputies and Grier, who was on the floor, “were being at the rear driver’s facet door of the patrol motor vehicle” when “a person of the deputies walked all around and opened the rear passenger facet door.” The similar deputy promptly returned to the rear driver’s facet doorway, the GBI statement suggests, and both equally deputies place Grier into the back of the patrol car.
Deputies shut the rear driver’s side doorway and, in accordance to the GBI assertion, “The investigation exhibits that the deputy thought he closed the rear passenger facet door.”
In the video clip, an officer can be seen choosing Grier up and positioning her in the car as a result of the driver’s side rear door.
Off digital camera, 1 of the officers is heard asking if the doorway on the other aspect is shut, to which the other officer replies sure.
Deputies still left the scene of the incident and drove a small length ahead of Grier fell out of the relocating vehicle, in accordance to the statement.
CNN has attained out to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Division for comment but did not promptly listen to back again.
“I just really don’t fully grasp why they couldn’t place her in a seat belt why they violated so lots of procedures to prevent anything at all like this from taking place,” Crump reported.
“We liked her irrespective, unconditionally. Now we got to raise these children and inform them a tale, and I’m not arranging on telling no lie,” Marvin Greer informed reporters Friday. “I want to tell the reality, so it is not going to materialize to no one else.”
CNN’s Zenebou Syllaand and Camila Moreno-Lizarazo contributed to this report.