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Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by lalasticlala(m): 12:19am On Jan 09, 2015
Matthew Ajibade broke female sergeant's nose while being restrained after arrest, police say
Attorney: Ajibade was bipolar and experiencing a medical emergency at time of his arrest
(CNN)Two sheriff's deputies in Georgia have been placed on leave with pay for "inappropriate actions" in the case of a college student who died in the county jail, a Chatham County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

Cpl. Maxine Evans and Cpl. Jason Kenny will remain on administrative leave until the conclusion of an investigation into the death of Matthew Ajibade, a 22-year-old student from Nigeria who died last week in an isolation cell of the Savannah jail, said Gena Bilbo, the sheriff's spokeswoman.

Authorities provided no further details into the deputies' conduct.

The two deputies couldn't be immediately reached for comment Thursday.

Ajibade, who had bipolar disorder, died in custody after he "became combative during the booking process," the Sheriff's Office alleged.

His family is demanding to know why Ajibade died.

During the alleged jail altercation, three deputies were injured, including a female sergeant who suffered a concussion and broken nose, authorities said.

That description doesn't square with family members' description of the 22-year-old, whom they described as a much-loved "geeky kid."

The Nigeria native was in Savannah studying computer science.

Ajibade's family has hired Mark O'Mara, a CNN legal analyst who once represented George Zimmerman in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

O'Mara called the disciplinary action against the two deputies as "a good small step in holding people responsible for their actions."

"We still need questions answered how Matthew's life was taken from him," O'Mara added.

The body was released to the family Thursday morning, O'Mara said.

The attorney hopes to see "discourse of all available information as soon as possible," he said.

Ajibade was diagnosed with bipolar disorder three years ago and was having a medical emergency at the time of his arrest and confinement, O'Mara said.

Savannah police arrested Ajibade on January 1 after receiving a call about a domestic disturbance.

When police arrived, they witnessed Ajibade holding a women under a blanket, according to an incident report. Police uncovered the two and noticed that the woman's "face was bruised, and her nose was bleeding," the report says.

Officers ordered Ajibade to release the woman, but he did not comply, the report says, adding that when police tried to arrest Ajibade, he proceeded to "resist apprehension in a violent manner."

He was accused of domestic violence act, battery and obstruction of an officer.

A woman who he identified as his girlfriend tried to inform police of his mental health issues, O'Mara said.

"She also gave police a bottle of his medication," the attorney told CNN.

The police report notes that officers received a prescription bottle from the alleged victim, but the name of the prescription has been redacted.

Once at the jail, officials say, Ajibade had to be restrained, during which he injured the three officers. He was then moved to an isolation cell due to his "dangerous behavior," a police news release says.

Deputies conducted welfare checks on Ajibade and on their second check, he was found nonresponsive, police say. First aid was administered by the jail's medical unit staff. Despite CPR and attempts to restart his heart with a defibrillator, Ajibade could not be revived, according to the release.

It's unclear how much of the event, if any, was captured on the jail's surveillance system, or whether officers conducted a mental health evaluation before Ajibade's death.

County government officials declined CNN requests for an interview, citing the ongoing investigation.

The Sheriff's Office has requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conduct an independent investigation. A GBI spokesperson said an autopsy had been conducted, but that a cause of death was pending toxicology reports.

The Chatham County District Attorney's office said a criminal investigation is ongoing and the office will "handle the matter further, should it become necessary."

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/07/us/georgia-student-dies-in-custody/index.html

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by ALKARULEZZ(m): 12:23am On Jan 09, 2015
tOO bAd
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by Nobody: 12:29am On Jan 09, 2015
Rip
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by Nobody: 12:31am On Jan 09, 2015
So this cute dude just get wasted? Shey if the tell dem say school for home, de say the want go abroad go skul in order to secure a better job now u see?? What is obama saying about this before i loose my temper

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by Wittylens(m): 12:31am On Jan 09, 2015
So Sad...



And the guy is cute...



R.I.P

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by Viktoh(m): 12:35am On Jan 09, 2015
Rip
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by PerfumeRepublik: 12:37am On Jan 09, 2015
crazysaint:
So this cute dude just get wasted? Shey if the tell dem say school for home, de say the want go abroad go skul in order to secure a better job now u see?? What is obama saying about this before i loose my temper

If he was about to be booked by cops in Nigeria and he became combative ; what do you think would have happened to him ?
RIP YoungBlood

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by priscaoge(f): 12:41am On Jan 09, 2015
My heart bleeds cry cry cry

So sad cry cry

RIP Handsome Dude cry cry

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by Nobody: 12:49am On Jan 09, 2015
They killed this dude shaa.. RIP

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by odeku457(m): 1:12am On Jan 09, 2015
Rip Young Man... may God Grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by MaZterZ(m): 1:15am On Jan 09, 2015
R.I.P embarassed embarassed

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by sunnydayasaba(m): 1:50am On Jan 09, 2015
This white people and d kind of drugs they take, It's sometimes too strong for somebody system.


Imagine dis cute guy reacting negatives to a prescription drug...Certain body system are not jst gud for certain strength of drugs.


RIP bro......So sad

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by fr3do(m): 2:35am On Jan 09, 2015
When did Nigerians start having this bipolar disorder?

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by ireneony(f): 2:57am On Jan 09, 2015
They are going to dust this story the way they did to mike brown....
Racist white Americans undecided
May God help the black race cry

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by Kay512: 6:10am On Jan 09, 2015
Oyinbo....
we await ur reaction ooo.

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by zigger(m): 7:17am On Jan 09, 2015
priscaoge:
My heart bleeds cry cry cry

So sad cry cry

RIP Handsome Dude cry cry
. Sorry o. *runs to go get first aid kit* I'll take care of u

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by zigger(m): 7:20am On Jan 09, 2015
Nigerians alwayz grabbing d headlines in foriegn countries

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by LMAyedun(m): 7:25am On Jan 09, 2015
So sad!!!
RIP bro
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by jingh(f): 7:25am On Jan 09, 2015
am very sure if na american kids that did that, he would be free like a wind
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by tdayof(m): 7:25am On Jan 09, 2015
RIP
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by gbenga4sure(m): 7:25am On Jan 09, 2015
Did he have d disease before leaving Nigeria. Anyway there is still much discrimination against black in U.S.days one of d reasons.

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Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by UltimatePals: 7:25am On Jan 09, 2015
RIP
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by amakufrancis(m): 7:26am On Jan 09, 2015
USA again?

Rip
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by faitheverest(f): 7:27am On Jan 09, 2015
Chai....its a pity
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by SeverusSnape(m): 7:27am On Jan 09, 2015
This US... Just look at this young handsome man.
Is it only blacks that die in their custody
REST IN PEACE MR. MATTHEW.
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by omowunmiw(f): 7:28am On Jan 09, 2015
RIP
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by condralbede(m): 7:28am On Jan 09, 2015
R.I.P
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by Odisco2(m): 7:28am On Jan 09, 2015
ok
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by chillex8(m): 7:29am On Jan 09, 2015
sad
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by hotgunz(m): 7:29am On Jan 09, 2015
That is wat we nigerian get aboard , a friend of mine too die in south africa cell ds week, he was been arrested and jail witout trial, and evidence. RIP Hunter and Rip matt Ajibade
Re: Matthew Ajibade Dies In US Police Custody (Photo) by Nobody: 7:30am On Jan 09, 2015
RIP

A large part of the problem is that most mental health facilities have been closed in the US since the 1950's( long and complicated story....the idea was that it would be better to treat mental health patients in the community, rather than in confinement....unfortunately...the road to h""l is paved with good intentions.)....so most often the Police has to act as the mental health personnel....which they are not trained to do.Of course...it does not end well.

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