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Graphic Video Shows College Student Who Died In Custody Was Tased In Restraint Chair

Matthew Ajibade died in police custody as a result of "blunt force trauma."

As part of an ongoing investigation into the death of 21-year-old Matthew Ajibade while in custody at the Chatham County Jail in Georgia, a graphic video was shown in court on Friday, which NBC News has obtained, of police officers using a stun gun on Ajibade in the groin while he is restrained in a chair. 

 

Ajibade was arrested on a domestic violence charge on Jan. 1, 2015, after allegedly hitting his girlfriend and breaking a deputy's nose during a bipolar episode, as described by his family. Police handcuffed him to the chair and placed him in isolation where he was later found unresponsive.

When Ajibade's body was found on January 2, he had a spit mask on his face and abrasions, scrapes and bumps on his upper body and head, according to the coroner.  

The cause of death was determined to be "blunt force trauma." On June 4, the coroner ruled the death a homicide. Three jail workers were charged with involuntary manslaughter in his death while nine deputies were fired

Trials for the former jail workers began in June. According to NBC News, the video, shown in court on Friday, is from a camera on a stun gun. It shows a red dot on Ajibade's thigh, close to his groin. Though the audio is muffled, the stun from the gun is heard, followed by Ajibade's screams. 

Prosecutors say the footage shows Ajibade, who was a student the Savannah College of Art and Design, was not resisting in the chair, though one officer says that he was struggling, according to NBC News. While restrained, Ajibade was left unmonitored and a log book had apparently been forged to say that checks were conducted on him that weren't, according to the grand jury bill.

Former sheriff's deputies Maxine Evans and Jason Kenny and health care worker Gregory Brown are currently being tried for involuntary manslaughter. Kenny is also being charged with aggravated assault and cruelty to an inmate. Evans and Brown were charged with reckless conduct for not monitoring Ajibade's status.

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