Video: Cops Tasered Man Before He Died
Graphic video obtained by NBC News shows sheriff’s deputies tasing a mentally ill Georgia man in the groin while he was restrained in a chair.
22-year-old Mathew Ajibade died after being taken into police custody on New Year’s Day.
A Chatham County grand jury has charged Jason Kenny, the deputy who used the taser, with aggravated assault and cruelty to an inmate. Defendants Cpl. Maxine Evans and jail Nurse Gregory Brown were also charged with reckless conduct for failing to monitor Ajibade’s status.
Ajibade was handcuffed to a chair and placed in an isolation cell after being detained by authorities for allegedly hitting his girlfriend and breaking a deputy’s nose. His family says he was in the midst of a bipolar episode at the time of his arrest.
Officers also placed a spit mask over his mouth. He was found dead on Jan. 2.
Nine deputies were fired in May, including Kenny and Evans. In June, a coroner determined that Ajibade’s death was a result of homicide. The coroner cited abrasions, scrapes and bumps on his upper body and head.
In the minute-long video, which was shown in court Friday, Ajibade can be seen in the restraint chair, and a red dot is on his thigh and groin where the taser is pointed. Kenny says that Ajibade was struggling when he was tased.
Mark O’Mara, best known for defending George Zimmerman, is representing the Ajibade family.
He called the video “disgusting and vile.”
Watch the disturbing video below. Viewer discretion is advised.