In Chatham County jail, located in Savannah, Georgia, a 21 year old Nigerian student named Matthew Ajibade was beaten to the brink of death by the deputies, and then strapped down in a restraint chair and left in an isolation cell. An hour and a half later, he was dead. It happened on New Year’s Day.
Chatham County Coroner William Wessinger determined that Matthew Ajibade’s death was a homicide. Together with CCTV video evidence, the guilt of the involved guards was so obvious, that 9 deputies ended up fired.
Two of the nine were also charged with involuntary manslaughter. Maxine Evans was also charged with public record fraud for falsifying a restraint chair log, and Jason Kenny with aggravated assault and cruelty to an inmate. Nurse Gregory Brown was also charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Ajibade was arrested after a domestic disturbance call. He was allegedly holding a woman under a blanket, and refused to release her when ordered to do so by police. The woman was his girlfriend. Ajibade had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder for which he took medication.