The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the five sheriff’s deputies being investigated for the Taser stun gun death of an unarmed man will not be charged.
Last October, five San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies tased Chinedu
Okobi, 36, during an encounter in Millbrae. Okobi, who had a history of mental illness, was unarmed and died during the struggle. The DA’s office has also released the bodycam video from the incident.
A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. Friday the District Attorney’s in Redwood City.
Back in January, a number of people protested inside the office of the San Mateo County District Attorney to voice their frustration with how the district attorney was handling the case in which Okobi died after being tased by law enforcement — the third such death in the county over the past 12 months.
About 10 to 20 people with the group “Justice 4 Chinedu” took part in a sit-in at the office of San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe Wednesday to demand that he release video of the deadly incident involving Chinedu Okobi.
The district attorney has 25 minutes of video from a surveillance camera, dash cameras and witness cellphones that captures some but not all of what happened.
Okobi’s family has watched the videos and questioned whether deputies had a right to stop Okobi in the first place. They said Okobi was walking down a sidewalk, not running in and out of traffic as the sheriff’s office has said.
Wagstaffe said he will publicly release the 25-minute video and transcripts of interviews with the deputies and witnesses once his investigation is wrapped up in mid-February.
Okobi was the third person to die after being tased in San Mateo County last year. Another man died during an encounter with Redwood City police in August. Another person died in January during an encounter with Daly City police. No charges were filed in the Redwood City and Daly City incidents.
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