GBI releases body camera video of arrest of woman who fell from moving patrol car and later died

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released body camera video on Friday linked to the death of a Georgia woman who fell from a moving patrol car while being arrested earlier this month.

Brianna Grier, 28, suffered critical injuries July 15 and died July 21 at an Atlanta hospital. Grier was arrested after Hancock County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in Sparta, the GBI said. Deputies put Grier in the back of a patrol car, but she was not wearing a seatbelt, her hands were cuffed in front of her and the rear passenger-side door was never closed, GBI investigators say. .

The GBI reported this week that the deputies who put Grier in the back of the patrol car did not close the rear passenger-side door before leaving.

The GBI did not say why deputies were called home or why Grier was arrested. Prominent civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who represents her family, said Grier was arrested after a mental health crisis.


In the video, deputies can be seen responding to a visibly distraught and erratic Grier. A brief struggle ensues where deputies can be seen carrying Grier, handcuffed, on all fours. In the video, Grier can be heard telling deputies that she is not drunk and repeatedly asking them for the breathalyzer. Grier can also be heard threatening his own life.

“I bet you I’ll hang myself as soon as I get in there,” she said. “There’s more than one way to kill yourself.”

Later in the video, deputies can be seen placing Grier in the patrol car. Less than a minute into the ride, the deputy driving the car Grier was placed in can be seen stopping the car, getting out and walking a few yards down the road to the spot where Grier can be seen on the ground.

At one point, a deputy can be seen tapping Grier multiple times, saying “Brianna, Brianna,” in what appears to be an attempt to get her to respond. When unresponsive, the MP can be heard calling for medical help. A second deputy appears from another car who moves Grier from his stomach to his back and begins administering the aid.

“Remove the handcuffs. Sit down Briana. It’s fine. There you go,” the second deputy can be heard saying.

About a minute later, deputies can be heard wondering how Grier opened the back door.

“How did she jump out of the car, she’s not supposed to unlock from the back,” an MP can be heard saying.

Near the end of the video, Grier is lying on her back, visibly unconscious but still breathing.

The video does not show Grier falling from the car.

The GBI’s release of the video comes after Grier’s family held a press conference demanding answers to his death.

The GBI said officers conducted interviews, reviewed multiple body camera videos and performed mechanical tests on the patrol car. The investigation is ongoing.

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