Family of Georgia woman who died while being arrested by police files wrongful death lawsuit – WABE

The family of a Georgia mother who died after falling out of a police car is suing the officers involved.

Brianna Grier was in a mental crisis. Her mother, Mary, called 911 hoping her daughter would be taken to a hospital — this is how the family had dealt with these crises in the past.

Instead, this time the 28-year-old mother of twin girls was handcuffed and carried by the arms and legs into the back seat of a police car by officers from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The lawsuit alleges that Grier fell to the ground and hit his head.

In the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s analysis of the case, officers admitted they did not wear a seat belt on Grier.

According to the bodycam footage, less than a minute after leaving Grier’s home, the police car reverses and an officer goes behind the car and finds Grier’s body thrown from the vehicle.

Ben Crump, a civil rights and personal injury attorney who has represented the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, is one of the attorneys in the lawsuit.

“Her twin daughters lost their mother due to gross negligence on the part of the police who were supposed to be helping this young black woman who was going through a mental crisis,” he said.

The family is seeking $100 million in damages.