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Justice for mentally ill man killed by Chatham County, Georgia, cops

Matthew Ajibade (Courtesy: O’Mara Law Group)

Matthew Ajibade (Courtesy: O’Mara Law Group)

 

College student Matthew Ajibade, 22, died after a vicious beating by deputies in the Chatham County jail in Georgia.  Ajibade, who had a history of mental illness, was arrested on domestic violence charges. The brutal assault was captured on jailhouse security cameras and is difficult to watch as deputies swarm around Ajibade and deliver blows to his head and body while he is on the ground and another deputy holds a taser close to his body. After beating him unconscious, the deputies are seen carrying his limp body out of view and he is placed in a restraint chair.  A short time later when deputies check on him, he is dead in the restraint chair.

On Thursday, Chatham County Coroner Bill Wessinger ruled Ajibade’s death a homicide due to several blunt-force injuries to his head and upper body. This resulted in the termination of nine officers, three of whom were supervisors. Despite the officers’ terminations and the findings of the coroner, the Sheriff’s Department will not release any information and states that the investigation is still open.

The terminated officers have been identified as:

Abram Burns

Abram Burns

Andrew Evans-Martinez

Andrew Evans-Martinez

Burt Ambrose

Burt Ambrose

Christopher Reed

Christopher Reed

Eric Vinson

Eric Vinson

Frederick Burke

Frederick Burke

Jason Kenny

Jason Kenny

Maxine Evans

Maxine Evans

Paul Folsome

Paul Folsome