Brianna Grier, 28, suffered a psychological breakdown on July 15 when her mom referred to as the police to assist with the matter, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump stated at a press convention on Friday.
Crump, who represents the Grier household, stated Grier has had psychological well being points and the household has referred to as police a number of instances previously.
“Earlier than, once they went into the home, they referred to as an ambulance,” Grier’s father Marvin Grier stated. “The ambulance will come and they’re going to take her to the hospital to get assist.”
“However this time they solely referred to as the police, and the police didn’t carry an ambulance with them, though Miss Mary (Brianna’s mother) clearly said that she had a seizure,” Crump defined.
Crump stated Hancock County sheriff’s deputies entered the home, handcuffed Greer and positioned her within the again seat of a patrol automotive to take her into custody for allegedly resisting arrest.
In a physique digicam video launched by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Grier asks deputies to present her a breathalyzer check and repeatedly tells officers that she will not be drunk. In response to the timestamp on the video, Grier was positioned in a patrol automotive simply earlier than 1:00 a.m. on July 15.
Grier then yells on the officers, saying she goes to hold herself if she is put in a automotive. They handcuff her and attempt to put her in a patrol automotive, however when she continues to withstand, the officer may be seen pulling his stun gun from a holster.
When Gree sees this, she yells on the officers, saying that they will electrocute her and that she does not care. The officer responds by saying that he’s not going to taser her.
The video exhibits the policeman eradicating the stun gun after which strolling away from the rear door on the driving force’s aspect. When the officer returns, he lifts Grier off the bottom and locations her within the again seat of the patrol automotive.
The physique digicam video doesn’t present if the officers opened, closed, or interacted with the passenger-side rear door, however an officer may be heard asking one other officer if the door was closed.
On Wednesday, GBI investigators concluded that “the rear passenger door of the patrol automotive Grier was sitting subsequent to was by no means closed,” in line with a press launch.
Lower than a minute after the officers left the Grier household house, the video exhibits the officer all of a sudden stopping his automotive and getting out.
After getting out of the automotive, the officer finds Grier mendacity face down on the aspect of the highway. Grier doesn’t reply the officer, who faucets her aspect and says her title. The officer then radios the approaching patrol automotive, which is following him, that they’ll want an ambulance.
The footage doesn’t present the second when Grier falls out of the automotive, however it’s seen how she lies face down on the bottom, and the again door of the automotive is open.
The second officer says Grier continues to be respiration. Grier by no means solutions the decision of the police after she fell out of the patrol automotive. The video ends with Grier mendacity on the bottom because the police await the paramedics.
Crump alleges that the police didn’t put a seat belt on Grier whereas she was handcuffed within the again seat of the police automotive, and because of this, when the automotive began transferring, she one way or the other fell out of the automotive, landed on her head, crushed her cranium. after which went right into a coma for six days earlier than dying as a result of her accidents.
Investigators reviewed a number of physique digicam movies, carried out quite a few interviews and carried out “mechanical exams on the patrol automotive” to find out “potential mechanical failures” of the automobile, the GBI stated in an announcement.
A GBI press launch notes that two law enforcement officials tried to place her within the again seat of a patrol automotive after she was arrested and handcuffed.
In response to the report, Grier informed police she was about to harm herself and was on the bottom, refusing to get into the patrol automotive.
The GBI assertion stated the 2 law enforcement officials and Grier, who was on the bottom, “have been on the again door of the patrol automotive on the driving force’s aspect” when “one of many assistants came visiting and opened the again door on the passenger aspect.” The identical deputy rapidly returned to the again door on the driving force’s aspect, the GBI stated in an announcement, and each deputies positioned Grier within the again seat of the patrol automotive.
MPs closed the rear door on the driving force’s aspect and, in line with the GBI, “the investigation exhibits that the MP thought he closed the rear door on the passenger aspect.”
The video exhibits an officer selecting Greer up and placing her into the automotive by way of the again door on the driving force’s aspect.
Off-screen, one of many officers is heard asking if the door is closed on the opposite aspect, to which the opposite officer replies “sure”.
Deputies left the scene and drove a brief distance earlier than Grier fell out of the transferring automobile, in line with the assertion.
CNN reached out to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Division for remark, however didn’t instantly obtain a response.
“I simply don’t perceive why they couldn’t put a seatbelt on her, why they broke so many guidelines to stop one thing like this from taking place,” Crump stated.
“We beloved her it doesn’t matter what, unconditionally. Now we now have to boost these youngsters and inform them the story, and I do not plan on not mendacity,” Marvin Greer informed reporters on Friday. “I wish to inform the reality so this does not occur to anybody else.”
Zenebu Sillaand of CNN and Camila Moreno-Lizarazo contributed to this report.