Three hospital employees and seven sheriff’s deputies in Dinwiddie, Virginia, are facing murder charges after they were all allegedly caught on video smothering a Black man to death earlier this month.
According to the Washington Post, attorneys and family members of 28-year-old Irvo N. Otieno watched the video of Otieno’s “traumatic” death at Central State Hospital, where he was taken after being taken into custody by deputies who responded to a call over what Otieno’s family described as a mental health episode. According to the Henrico County police department, the deputies approached Otieno as a “potential suspect” in a possible burglary. (That’s a lot of ifs, ands, and maybes for a situation that resulted in a Black man’s death.)
“My son was treated like a dog, worse than a dog,” Otieno’s mother, Caroline Ouko, said through tears outside the Dinwiddie County Courthouse. “I saw it with my own eyes in the video. He was treated inhumanely, and it was traumatic, and it was systemic.”
Otieno’s brother, Leon Ochieng, expressed similar sentiments and said the video disputes claims made by attorneys for the deputies—who, along with the hospital employees, have been charged with second-degree murder—that Otieno had to be restrained because he was being aggressive.
From the Post:
Ouko said her 28-year-old younger son, whom she described as an aspiring hip-hop artist, was suffering from a mental health problem when police took him into custody at her Henrico County home on March 3.
But what Otieno did to attract police attention is neither here nor there. According to attorney Mark Krudys, five of the seven charged deputies “force rushed” Otieno against a metal bed and hard wall.
The post What Happened To Irvo Otieno? 3 Virginia Hospital Workers, 7 Cops Accused Of Smothering Black Man To Death appeared first on NewsOne.
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