GBI Launches Investigation After Woman Dies 4 Days After Falling Out of Police Cruiser

GBI Launches Investigation After Woman Dies 4 Days After Falling Out of Police Cruiser
GBI Launches Investigation After Woman Dies 4 Days After Falling Out of Police Cruiser (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/13WMAZ)

A woman in Georgia died after an event occurred while she was in police custody.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations said on Thursday that it was investigating the death of 28-year-old Brianna Marie Grier, who was declared dead on July 21 after a “in-custody incident with Hancock County Sheriff’s Office deputies” six days earlier, on July 15.

According to a GBI statement, on July 15, deputies were called to a Sparta home and detained Grier.

“While deputies were taking Grier to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Grier fell out of a patrol car and sustained significant injuries.  She later died because of those injuries,” the statement said. 

According to WMAZ, Grier’s mother, Mary, called the sheriff’s department for assistance because her daughter, a 28-year-old mother of two, was experiencing a schizophrenia crisis.

Grier’s father, Marvin, told NBC News that his daughter told responding officers she had been drinking. Deputies then stated that Grier would be detained overnight until she could obtain medical assistance in the morning.

Grier’s parents told WMAZ that shortly after their daughter was taken away, they were visited by Hancock County Sheriff Terrell Primus, who notified them that their daughter was being flown to Grady Hospital in Atlanta for treatment of a brain injury.

Grier’s parents informed WMAZ that their daughter kicked her way out of the deputies’ vehicle.

“If she got out the car, they had to let her out the car. That’s my interpretation, because in a police car, you can’t open the door from the inside, so it had to be opened from the outside,” Mary told the station. 

Grier had been in a coma since the July 15 incident, according to Grier’s sister, Lottie.

Lottie told the outlet that when doctors informed the family that her sister was “brain dead,” they withdrew her sister’s ventilator.

Marvin informed NBC that his daughter was afflicted with schizophrenia about ten years ago, and that during past episodes, ambulances were dispatched to their residence rather than police.

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