The parents of a Georgia woman who died after she allegedly fell from a moving police car following her arrest fought back the tears last Friday as they demanded answers about their daughter's death.
Brianna Grier, 28, suffered significant injuries on July 15 and died on July 21 at Grady hospital. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated that the Hancock County deputies who put Grier in the back of a patrol car to take her to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office failed to close the rear passenger-side door before driving away. Her parents joined the Hancock County NAACP President Marion Warren and Georgia State Conference President Gerald Griggs on Friday to demand answers from Hancock Officials.
"What we're trying to do, we're trying to get answers of what happened. That's all we want to know. We ain't trying to start no problem," Marvin Grier, Brianna's father, said during the news conference. He was joined by Brianna's mother and sister, Mary and Lottie Grier. The family has retained Prominent Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump. Attorney Crump and the family requested the assistance of the NAACP in this case.
The family stated that Grier was arrested after Hancock County sheriff's deputies were called to her parent's home in Sparta. The deputies put Grier in the back of a patrol car, but she was not secured with a seatbelt, her hands were cuffed in front of her and the rear passenger-side door was never closed, according to findings by the GBI.
Gerald Griggs, president of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, called on state and county officials for answers.
"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," he said.
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