A black woman has died in the USA after being put in a police car without the rear door being shut properly and then falling out.
Brianna Grier was lifted into the vehicle in handcuffs but officers in Georgia did not put a seatbelt on her.
The 28-year-old suffered significant brain injuries on July 15 and died six days later at an Atlanta hospital, never having woken up.
The case will raise further questions about police treatment of people of colour in custody, with one civil rights lawyer blasting the incident as ‘just unbelievable’.
Now footage of the incident has been published, with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) confirming that the deputies who put Brianna in the car to take her to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office failed to close the rear passenger door before driving away.
Her parents fought back tears late last week as they demanded to know what was behind their daughter’s death.
‘What we’re trying to do, we’re trying to get answers of what really happened. That’s all we want to know. We ain’t trying to start no problem,’ her tearful father Marvin Grier said.
Alongside him were Brianna’s mother Mary and sister Lottie Grier.
Brianna was arrested after police were called to a home in Sparta, the GBI said.
Deputies are seen on camera putting her in the back of a patrol car and driving away before Brianna is seen on the ground, from the police officer’s bodycam.
Metro.co.uk has not published the full video.
The GBI did not reveal why police were called to the home or why Grier was arrested.
But prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing her family, said Grier was taken into custody after a mental health crisis.
‘Yet again we have another African American citizen killed in just an unbelievable way while in the custody of the police,’ he said.
Addressing Brianna’s parents, he added: ‘We won’t let them sweep your baby daughter’s death under the rug.’
Mr Crump said his team will investigate what failures caused Grier to fall out of the car while it was moving.
Gerald Griggs, president of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, called on state and county officials for answers.
He said: ‘To the Hancock County sheriff, it’s time to be transparent. It’s time to be accountable.
‘To the GBI, it’s time for y’all to meet with this family.
‘To the governor, it’s time for you to recognize, again, that Georgia has a police accountability problem.’
GBI agents have met with the Grier family multiple times since July 15 and have also had several conversations with them to provide updates on the investigation, according to spokeswoman Nelly Miles.
The agency was planning to release the body camera footage after agents reviewed it with the family.
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