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GBI releases bodycam video as Grier family hires civil-rights lawyer Ben Crump for answers in daughter's death

The Grier family and Ben Crump law held a news conference in Decatur demanding the full GBI report into the death of Brianna Grier

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ga. — UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.:

Warning: Video is graphic and may be disturbing to watch.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released the bodycam video in the investigation of Brianna Grier's death.


The family of Brianna Grier is asking for an independent autopsy to determine her cause of death. In a news conference held Friday morning, the family was joined by civil rights attorney Ben Crump and members from the NAACP. 

Ben Crump has taking on multiple cases involving police victims, including Brianna Taylor and George Floyd. Now, he comes to Central Georgia, and he is not new to this.

"We are going to demand full accountability and we are going to demand justice for Brianna Grier," Crump said.

Two weeks ago, Brianna Grier was arrested for public drunkenness. According to GBI investigators, she fell out the rear passenger side door of Hancock County deputy cruiser. The GBI says the deputy thought he shut the door before he drove off. Officers found Grier laying face down in the grass on the side of the road with critical head injuries. At the news conference, Brianna Grier's father, Marvin Grier says he wants the full truth.

"We ain't trying to start no problem, but we're going to start a problem because we want to know what happened," Marvin Grier said.

Brianna Grier had a history of mental illness and drug abuse. During the news conference, her father said that doesn't matter.

"We loved her regardless, unconditionally. Now, we got to raise these kids and tell them a story, and I don't plan on telling them no lie," Marvin Grier said.

Brianna Grier was first injured on July 15, early in the morning. Her father told 13WMAZ her birthday was the day before. She died six days later on July 21 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Friday night, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted that they will be releasing the bodycam video of the incident after agents review it along with Grier's family.

The GBI also said that agents have met with the family several times since July 15.

"As a point of clarification to inaccurate reports, GBI agents have met with the Grier family in-person on multiple occasions since July 15.  Agents have also had several conversations with the family, providing them with investigative updates.  It has also been reported that the GBI released a 90-page report of prior incidents involving Brianna Grier.  The GBI has not released any reports of prior contact with law enforcement," the GBI's statement said.

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