Over at Cato’s Police Misconduct Reporting Project, we have identified the worst case for the month of May. It was was the death of Matthew Ajibade.
Ajibade’s girlfriend called the police because he was having a bipolar episode. Georgia deputies arrested Ajibade but then took him to the jail instead of a hospital. At the jail, he was placed in a restraint chair. Deputies reportedly fired stun guns at him while he was restrained in the chair and then left him unattended in an isolation cell. Ajibade, 22, died and the coroner now says it was homicide.
Nine deputies were fired over the incident and a criminal investigation is on-going.