Nine police officers have been fired in connection to a former incident of 21-year-old student’s death in Savannah, Georgia. Matthew Ajibade died on New Year’s Day after being placed in an isolation cell.
Nine police officers have been fired in connection to a former incident of 21-year-old student’s death in Savannah, Georgia.
Matthew Ajibade died on New Year’s Day after being placed in an isolation cell. Gena Bilbo, the Chatham County Sheriff’s spokeswoman, said that these firing are related to that case. However, two deputies, who were fired, had been on paid leave.
On January 1, a phone call about a domestic arguing was received by the police. After authorities arrived, they saw Nigerian teenager holding a woman under a blanket with her face being bruised and nose bleeding. So, the officers arrested Ajibade and took him to the department. Later that woman appeared to be a girlfriend of a 21-year-old student.
The sheriff’s office said that later, during the booking process, Ajibade became rather aggressive, so a physical altercation with three deputies resulted, leaving one with a broken nose. Ajibade was then handcuffed to a restraint chair, where he was tasered and later found unresponsive.
The family of deceased hired Mark O’Mara, a legal analyst who were George Zimmerman’s representative in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. She stated that Ajibade had bipolar disorder.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Affairs Division of the sheriff’s office began separate reviews just after Ajibades death. This case is still being reviewed by the district attorney, who is to decide whether criminal charges are justified or not, as stated the Sheriff’s Office.
Besides, there are also an intention to pursue some policy changes as a consequence of the fatal incident. So, owing to these changes, new procedures that require permanent medical personnel for being notified about the arrival a person with medication, new security procedures to audit the Taser-like devices’ use and a clear document about when Teasers may not be used.