Nine police officers have been fired in Georgia, US, in connection to the death a 22-year-old Nigerian man, Mathew Ajibade, who died in police custody on January 1, 2014.
9 police officers sacked over Nigerian man's death
The nine officers were sacked because they were prohibited from using stun guns on detainees already in restraints.
A memo which was served to the officers involved in Ajibade’s arrest on February 9 read, “do not utilize any conducted electrical weapon to gain control of a detainee who is in full restraints while in a restraint chair.”
It also noted that detainees with both their hands and feet bound were to be considered fully restrained.
The sacked officers include two supervisors, Maxine Evans and Jason Kenny - who were suspended after Ajibade died.
According to Chatham County Sheriff's Office in Savannah, Matthew died in an isolation cell, after he allegedly became combative during booking process.
Ajibade’s family however did not buy the police side of the story, therefore demanded that the case be investigated, but the police released ‘no findings from investigation’ into the man’s death.
The case is still considered opened as prosecutors say there are possible criminal charges.
Ajibade was diagnosed with bipolar disorder three years ago and was having a medical emergency at the time of his arrest and confinement.
Savannah police arrested him after receiving a call about a domestic disturbance.
According to an incident report, when police arrived, they witnessed Ajibade holding a woman under a blanket. Police uncovered the two and noticed that the woman's "face was bruised, and her nose was bleeding.
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