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GA Woman's Family Seeks Answers For Death Falling Out of a Police Car

Newly released video footage is raising questions about the death of Brianna Grier, who fell out of a moving police car in Georgia, CBS News reports. Grier, a 28-year-old mother of two, died six days after her encounter with Hancock County police in Sparta, Ga. Grier had schizophrenia. Her parents called 911 because she had threatened to hurt herself and her twin daughters. Grier’s mother, Mary Grier, blames herself for the incident. She said she called the police thinking they would help her, not hurt her.

Two responding officers put Grier into a police car, but she fell out of the rear passenger door less than a minute into the ride. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released footage of the fall. She fell out face down, breathing, but unconscious. A sheriff told Grier’s family that she fell out after kicking the car door open. However, the state agency found that Grier was not wearing a seatbelt and the back door of the police car was never closed. The Grier family’s lawyer called the police’s conduct reckless and deliberate indifference to someone suffering from a mental health crisis.