Bodycam reveals how handcuffed woman died after falling out of moving police car; Ben Crump smells payday

Georgia authorities have released bodycam footage of a tragic incident in which a handcuffed woman alleged fell out of the back seat of a police car in motion and subsequently died.

Brianna Grier, 28, a mother of two, was in a coma for about a week before she tragically passed away at an Atlanta hospital after being flown there from the scene in a medical helicopter.

Two Hancock County, Ga., deputies had responded in separate cars to a Sparta-area residence after Grier’s parents allegedly called 911 about a domestic issue. Cops were reportedly transporting her to the Hancock County Detention Center in Sparta when she allegedly fell out of the vehicle, and they found her unresponsive.

According to the Union-Recorder, the deputies had arrested the woman for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

In the disturbing, 10-minute bodycam video embedded below as released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Grier insisted, however, that she was not drunk and repeatedly asked for a breathalyzer test.

After she was detained, the officer driving the vehicle Grier was placed in would suddenly pull over and get out to find her on the side of the road.


There is presumably additional bodycam footage forthcoming.

In a press release, the GBI explained, in part, “Agents have concluded that the rear passenger side door of the patrol car, near where Grier was sitting, was never closed….Both deputies put Grier in the backseat of the patrol car. The deputies closed the rear driver’s side door.  The investigation shows that the deputy thought he closed the rear passenger side door. The deputies left the scene and drove a short distance.  Body camera footage reveals the deputies had no other contact with Grier from the time she was placed in the car until she fell out of the moving car.”

An investigation into the July 15 incident is ongoing, and more facts are likely to emerge. An autopsy is pending.

In the meantime, the family has hired prominent civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump who intends to conduct an independent investigation.

Grier tragically died at the hospital on July 21.

Law enforcement patrol vehicles used to transport a person to a city or county jail after an arrest are designed with rear doors that automatically lock when shut,” the Union-Recorded noted.

“Automotive experts and the Georgia State Patrol also assisted with tests to determine if there were possible mechanical malfunctions,” the GBI noted.

The young mom was cuffed with her hands in front of her and not wearing a seat belt at the time, GBI agents concluded. It remains to be seen if those two aspects of the story are inconsistent with protocol.

“According to the reports, Grier allegedly kicked deputies, dared them to tase her and said she wouldn’t go to jail before threatening to kill herself. Hancock County Sheriff Tomlyn Primus sent nearly 90 pages of reports of more than a dozen incidents going back years in reference to Grier’s troubles with mental illness, drugs, clashes with her parents and DFACS’ concerns with her two young daughters,” WMAZ reported.

NBC News shared a portion of the Ben Crump press conference, in which the attorney vowed to obtain justice for Brianna Grier.

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