No indictment in death of handcuffed woman who fell from car

Nov 7, 2022, 1:49 PM | Updated: 2:47 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors will not seek an indictment against sheriff’s deputies in the death of a handcuffed Georgia woman who fell from a patrol car after the deputies failed to close the rear passenger-side door, authorities announced Monday.

Brianna Grier’s family and civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, had demanded a full accounting of the Black woman’s fall and subsequent death in July.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday it had completed its investigation and turned the findings over to the Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney, who decided against bringing the case to a civil or criminal grand jury.

Emails to the district attorney, T. Wright Barksdale III, and an attorney for Grier’s family, Ben Crump, were not immediately returned. The GBI said it had informed the family of the district attorney’s decision.

Grier, 28, suffered significant injuries on July 15 and died July 21 at an Atlanta hospital. Authorities had been called to her home in Sparta, Georgia, as she experienced a mental health crisis, Crump has said. Sparta is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

Deputies had arrested Grier and put her in the back of a patrol car to take her to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI said. She was not wearing a seatbelt and her hands were cuffed in front of her, according to investigators.

Grier fell out of the moving patrol car and suffered a fatal brain injury that put her in a coma until she died, Crump has said.

Crump is a national civil rights attorney who has represented the families of numerous people who have been killed by authorities, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

At a funeral service for Grier in August, Sharpton said he would seek a Justice Department review of her case if the family didn’t get answers. Grier’s father, Marvin Grier, said he wanted Grier’s twin daughters to know the “truth” about their mother’s death.

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No indictment in death of handcuffed woman who fell from car