Bodycam video of Brianna Grier’s fatal arrest released

Disturbing body camera footage released Friday shows a Georgia woman’s final moments before she fatally fell from a moving police car while handcuffed.

The video released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation comes two days after the agency found police had failed to close the car door from which 28-year-old Brianna Grier fell in handcuffs.

Grier, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was taken into custody on July 15 while suffering from a health crisis and died in a coma six days later.

Her family called the police while she was suffering from an episode, but officers accused her of resisting arrest and took her into custody.

Footage released by the GBI shows Grier yelling at the officers who are arresting her, insisting she isn’t drunk, saying “I haven’t broken any law” and “Get off me”.

“See if I don’t hang myself when I get in there,” she said as officers, one of whom had activated his stun gun, took her into custody.

Briana Grier.
Brianna Grier was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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According to the GBI investigation, officers then opened the back doors of the car to put Grier, a mother of two, in the back seat.

“The deputies closed the rear driver’s door. The investigation shows that the deputy thought he had closed the rear passenger door,” the report said. The police did not put on their seat belts, the investigation revealed.

The GBI said “deputies left the scene and drove a short distance,” while Grier must have fallen out of the car.

Bodycam recordings by Brianna Grier.
GBI revealed that “the rear passenger door of the patrol car, near where [Brianna] Grier sat was never closed.”
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Bodycam recordings by Brianna Grier.
Brianna Grier was found face down on the side of the road after falling from the moving police cruiser.
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“Agents have concluded that the rear passenger door of the patrol car near where Grier was seated was never closed,” the GBI statement said.

Officers found Grier face down by the side of the road and did not respond.

“It is the responsibility of law enforcement to keep everyone in their custody safe and alive, even if a mental health crisis occurs,” attorney Ben Crump, representing Grier’s family, said in a statement provided to the Post became. “Everyone knows that it shouldn’t be possible to open a police vehicle from the back seat, especially when a person is in handcuffs.

Brianna Grier in the hospital.
Brianna Grier died in a coma six days later.
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Attorney Ben Crump.
“It is the responsibility of law enforcement to keep everyone in their custody safe and alive,” said attorney Ben Crump.
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Brianna Grier's family.
Brianna Grier’s family joins Ben Crump in prayer.
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Crump said, “Brianna’s family had faith in law enforcement to get her the help she needed and now they are forced to mourn her completely unnecessary death.”

Grier’s death remains an open investigation.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/31/bodycam-video-released-from-fatal-arrest-of-brianna-grier/ Bodycam video of Brianna Grier’s fatal arrest released

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