On Friday, Georgia investigators released body camera video of an incident this month in which a handcuffed woman died after falling from a law enforcement vehicle as it was moving .
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, or GBI, released the video two days after concluding that Brianna Grier fell from the passenger-side door of a Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy patrol vehicle. after that door wasn’t closed.
Grier, 28 years old, died of her injuries on July 21 after being in a coma for several days after the encounter with sheriff’s deputies that began at his family’s home in Sparta on July 14.
His family had called for help after Grier, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, suffered a mental health crisis, they said.
The agency, which is investigating the fatal incident, had said it would release the body camera video after reviewing it with members of Grier’s family.
Family members and their attorney, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, have demanded answers about how this could have happened.
Body camera video appears to show two sheriff’s deputies carrying Grier, who is distraught and appears to be handcuffed, by the arms and legs to a patrol vehicle.
A deputy at one point appears to draw a stun gun and activate it while holding it at her side, not pointing it at her, and telling her to “stand up,” the video shows. He then puts the stun gun back in its holster and the two deputies lift her up and place her in the back seat of the vehicle.
The GBI said Grier was placed in the car in handcuffs, with her hands in front of her body and without a seatbelt.
The video shows what appears to be the driver’s side rear door closed.
None of the deputies had any further contact with Grier from the time she was placed in the car until she fell from the moving vehicle a short time later, the GBI said. The deputies were in separate vehicles, the video appears to show.
After she fell, body camera video appears to show the deputy driving her stopping the vehicle, getting out and approaching Grier who is face down and unresponsive on the grass by the side of the road.
In the video, the deputy taps her on the side as if trying to wake her up and says he’s going to call an ambulance.
The video appears to show the second deputy saying she is breathing, telling her to sit down, and when there is no response he makes her sit down but she appears to be unresponsive
The passenger side door of the patrol vehicle she was in appears to be open in the video.
In the video released on Friday, the second deputy asks “how is your back door open?”
This is a question that the family also wants to know. Crump, who represents Grier’s family, said in a statement this week that they wanted answers.
“Everyone knows it’s not supposed to be possible to open a police vehicle from the back seat, especially when someone is handcuffed,” Crump said.
“Brianna’s family trusted law enforcement to get her the help she needed, and now they are forced to mourn her completely unnecessary death,” he said.
The GBI said this week that when deputies tried to get Grier into the patrol car, one of them opened the passenger side door.
Investigation showed the deputy thought he had closed the passenger side door, the agency said.
Grier’s family also wonders why law enforcement took her into custody.
Her family said she had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was taking medication for the disorder. She was having a mental health episode and her mother called the authorities for help at their home.
Crump said that in the past an ambulance has arrived to treat her.
“We’re trying to get answers about what really happened,” her father, Marvin Grier, said at a press conference on Friday.
“He was my child,” he said.