Nine deputies have been fired from the Chatham County Sheriff's Office in Georgia following an investigation into the death of 22-year-old Mathew Ajibade at the jail on New Year's Day, according to television station WSAV.
Ajibade's family said that he was arrested while having a bipolar episode, and was taken to the jail rather than to a hospital.
The Sheriff's Office had previously said that Ajibade became combative during his booking.
He was placed in a restraining chair and later found to have died. No information has been released on exactly what roles the deputies played in Ajibade's death.
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The nine deputies terminated earlier today include:
- Cpl. Maxine Evans
- Cpl. Jason Kenny
- Pvt. Eric Vinson
- Pvt. Abram Burns
- Pvt. Christopher Reed
- Pvt. Burt Ambrose
- Pvt. Paul Folsome
- Pvt. Frederick Burke
- Pvt. Andrew Evans-Martinez
The Sheriff's Office has also released the personnel files of the deputies.
The Internal Affairs and Georgia Bureau of Investigation reports into Ajibade's death will not be released until the district attorney decides whether to take action.
The sheriff today also announced policy changes he has instituted as a result of the investigations. Those changes include:
- New booking procedures to ensure immediate notification to onsite medical personnel when a person with medication arrives for the booking process.
- New security procedures with the jail to audit the use of Taser devices and reconcile such use with standard documentation and current use-of-force policies.
- The Cell Extraction and Removal Team (CERT) will be reviewed and have a renewed focus of discipline and use of non-lethal force.
- A clear written policy of when tasers may not be used.