For an incident on March 6 at a nearby hospital, seven Henrico County, Virginia, sheriff’s deputies face murder charges.
According to NBC News, the officers had Irvo Otieno restrained physically while he was being taken to the hospital.
He was held down, and at least seven persons, including the defendant, were on top of him, according to Dinwiddie County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill, who stated this during a court proceeding on Wednesday.
NBC affiliate WWBT of Richmond streamed the court proceeding via a video broadcast.
The sheriffs are currently facing second-degree murder charges.
None of them are renowned for bullying, according to Cary Bowen, an attorney for Jermaine Branch, the defendant and a 24-year veteran of the police force.
Otieno was detained after a burglary call a few days earlier at Parham Doctors’ Hospital for reportedly assaulting Henrico police officers.
Otieno’s family was represented by Mark Krudys, who claimed that unnecessary force was used against him.
The attorney declared, “The family is sincerely grieving after learning of the horrific manner of Irvo’s death and his inhumane treatment in the hours leading up to his death.
“When the details of this case are fully disclosed, the public and seasoned mental-health specialists alike will be horrified.”