Two former sheriff’s deputies in Chatham County, Georgia were acquitted on Friday of involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the death of 22-year-old Mathew Ajibade in custody this past January, WSAV-TV reported.
Both Jason Kenny and Maxine Evans were found guilty on separate charges. Kenny, who was seen Tasering Ajibade in footage from the encounter, faces one-to-three years in prison after being convicted of cruelty to a prisoner. Evans, who was convicted of falsifying public records, could spend between two and 10 years in prison.
Ajibade was arrested on Jan. 1 after his girlfriend and family contacted police saying he was going through a “bipolar episode.”
Authorities said that Ajibade resisted when they tried to pull him away from the woman. He was taken to jail, where footage shows deputies taking him to the ground. Another video, shot on a camera mounted on Kenny’s Taser, shows Ajibade being shocked in the groin after being placed in a restraint chair. He was later found unresponsive in the chair, and subsequently pronounced dead.
“I knew that that same system that failed Mathew would not be the system that got him justice,” said Ajibade’s cousin, Chris Oladapo. “I had already warned my family not to expect anything. We expected nothing, and we got nothing.”
Watch WSAV’s report on the verdict, as aired on Friday, below.
‘He’s crazy’: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace says Trump’s confused behavior is getting ‘impossible’ to ignore
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace argued Friday on "Deadline: White House" that the signs of Trump's frazzled and sometimes disjointed mental state are becoming "impossible" to ignore.
She first pointed to a passage in the New York Times report on his Thursday night rally, which said:
His speech was at times a greatest hits album of favorite lines, replaying the 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton and bashing the news media, Democrats and America’s allies in Europe. Typically rambling, veering on and off script seemingly at random over an hour and a half, he repeated points he had already made earlier in the evening as if he did not remember already making them.
Fox’s Lou Dobbs: Man who plowed truck into ICE protesters is the real victim — and ‘well within his rights’
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs praised a corrections officer who intentionally plowed his truck into a crowd of protesters outside a Rhode Island ICE facility, saying the attack was justified.
A correctional officer at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island, intentionally drove his pickup truck into protesters demonstrating against the detention of migrants by ICE on Wednesday, the Providence Journal reported. Capt. Thomas Woodworth was placed on administrative leave after protest organizers said a 64-year-old protester suffered internal bleeding and a broken leg in the attack and another protester was injured as well. Fellow corrections officers sprayed protesters with pepper spray, sending three other people to the hospital.
Michael Moore breaks down why Trump is ‘scared’ of The Squad: ‘They’re the force out there!’
Legendary filmmaker Michael Moore revealed why President Donald Trump is so scared of the women of color in Congress known as The Squad.
The Squad is made up of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"So, Michael, when your political opposition tells you this is the play we’re going to run and the president underscores it, and they’re running this play, is there any — is The Squad blameless for giving the president a steady stream of oxygen and ammunition?" MSNBC's Brian Williams asked.
"I’m so glad he’s that frightened of them, both he and [Benjamin] Netanyahu are scared of them. And the reason they are is — and this is why Trump isn’t as dumb as he comes off," Moore said.