California deputies cleared for unarmed man’s stun gun death
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California prosecutor cleared five sheriff’s deputies of criminal wrongdoing for struggling with an unarmed man who died after he was shocked with a stun gun.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Friday that the deputies’ attempts to subdue 36-year-old Chinedu Valentine Okobi in October were “lawful.”
Deputies say they responded to reports of Okobi running in and out of traffic and he attacked an arriving deputy. Four more deputies arrived and one shocked him with a stun gun. He stopped breathing and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Okobi’s family dispute that account and argue that he was walking legally on the sidewalk. Okobi was the third suspect to die in 2018 in San Mateo County after an officer shocked them with a stun gun.