Brianna Grier, 28, was experiencing a psychological well being episode on July 15 when her mom referred to as police to help with the matter, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump stated at a information convention Friday.
Crump, who’s representing the Grier household, stated Grier had a historical past of psychological well being crises and the household had referred to as police a number of instances prior to now.
“Once they used to return out to the home they’d name an ambulance service,” Grier’s father Marvin Grier stated. “The ambulance service would come out and they’d take her to the hospital to get some assist.”
“However this time they solely referred to as the police, and the police did not convey the ambulance with them, despite the fact that, Ms. Mary (Brianna’s mother) clearly said she was having an episode,” Crump defined.
Crump stated Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies got here into the house, handcuffed Grier and positioned her at the back of a patrol automobile to take her into custody for allegedly resisting arrest.
In physique digital camera video launched by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Grier asks deputies to provide her a breathalyzer check and repeatedly tells officers she just isn’t drunk. In line with a time stamp on the video, Grier was positioned within the patrol automobile shortly earlier than 1 a.m. on July 15.
Grier then yells to officers saying she’s going to hold herself if she is positioned within the automobile. They proceed to put her in handcuffs and try to put her in a squad automobile however when she resists additional, an officer is seen unholstering his taser.
When Grier sees this, she yells at officers saying they will tase her, and that she does not care. The officer replies, saying he isn’t going to tase her.
The video exhibits the officer placing the Taser away after which strolling away from the rear driver’s aspect door. When the officer returns, he’s seen lifting Grier off the bottom and placing her within the again seat of the patrol automobile.
The physique digital camera video fails to point out if officers opened, closed or had any interplay with the rear passenger aspect door, however an officer is heard asking one other officer if the door is closed.
GBI investigators concluded Wednesday that “the rear passenger aspect door of the patrol automobile, close to the place Grier was sitting, was by no means closed,” based on a information launch.
Lower than a minute later, after the officers drive away from the Grier household dwelling, the video exhibits an officer all of a sudden cease his car and get out.
As soon as out of the automobile, the officer locates Grier laying on the aspect of the street, face down. Grier does not reply to the officer, who’s tapping her aspect and saying her title. The officer then radios to an oncoming patrol automobile that’s behind him that they are going to want an ambulance.
The footage doesn’t present the second Grier falls out of the car however does present her laying face first on the bottom and the rear passenger automobile door open.
The second officer says that Grier continues to be respiratory. Grier by no means responds to the officers calling her title after falling out of the patrol car. The video ends with Grier on the bottom whereas police anticipate paramedics.
Crump alleges that police did not safe Grier in a seatbelt whereas she was handcuffed at the back of the police automobile and consequently, when the car began shifting, she one way or the other fell out of the automobile, landed on her head, cracked her cranium after which went right into a coma for six days earlier than dying due to her accidents.
Investigators reviewed a number of physique digital camera movies, performed quite a few interviews and performed “mechanical exams on the patrol automobile” to find out “if there have been doable mechanical malfunctions” to the car, the GBI assertion reads.
The GBI information launch notes that two deputies have been making an attempt to get her into the again of the patrol automobile after she was arrested and put in handcuffs.
Grier informed the deputies she was going to harm herself and was on the bottom refusing to get into the patrol automobile, based on the discharge.
The GBI assertion stated the 2 deputies and Grier, who was on the bottom, “have been on the rear driver’s aspect door of the patrol automobile” when “one of many deputies walked round and opened the rear passenger aspect door.” The identical deputy rapidly returned to the rear driver’s aspect door, the GBI assertion says, and each deputies put Grier into the again of the patrol automobile.
Deputies closed the rear driver’s aspect door and, based on the GBI assertion, “The investigation exhibits that the deputy thought he closed the rear passenger aspect door.”
Within the video, an officer may be seen choosing Grier up and inserting her within the automobile via the driving force’s aspect rear door.
Off digital camera, one of many officers is heard asking if the door on the opposite aspect is closed, to which the opposite officer replies sure.
Deputies left the scene of the incident and drove a brief distance earlier than Grier fell out of the shifting automobile, based on the assertion.
CNN has reached out to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Division for remark however didn’t instantly hear again.
“I simply do not perceive why they could not put her in a seat belt why they violated so many insurance policies to stop something like this from taking place,” Crump stated.
“We cherished her regardless, unconditionally. Now we received to lift these youngsters and inform them a narrative, and I am not planning on telling no lie,” Marvin Greer informed reporters Friday. “I need to inform the reality, so it will not occur to no person else.”
CNN’s Zenebou Syllaand and Camila Moreno-Lizarazo contributed to this report.