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
Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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