Amadou Diallo 1975-1999
On the early morning of February 4TH 1999, Guinean immigrant Diallo was returning to his Bronx Apartment, when 4 plain clothes NYPD officers pulled up. Believing Diallo matched the description of a serial rapist, they pursued him up to his dark doorway ( lightbulb was out). When Diallo reached for his wallet, the dark murky object being pulled of his pocket was perceived as gun. The officers collectively fired 41 times, striking Diallo 19 times. The subsequent investigations determined that Diallo indeed pulled out his wallet and no weapon was on him. The internal NYPD examination concluded that the officers acted within policy , based on what “reasonable police officers would have done”. On March 25th, 1999 all four officers were indicted on charges of second-degree murder. On February 25th, 2000, the officers were acquitted of all charges.
Emmanuel Okutuga 1984-2011
In February 2011, Bowie State University student Emmanuel Okutuga was killed at City Place mall in Silver Spring, MD (outside of Washington D.C.) after he was identified as a suspect that had assaulted a security guard a little while earlier. When an officer caught up to Okutuga , he allegedly asked him to put down a sharp object he had in his hand. When this Okutuga refused to comply, the officer fired two shots killing him immediately. Although Montgomery County Police(MCPD) "mistakenly erased" footage of the shooting, Montgomery County Courts ruled the shooting justifiable.
Alfred Olango 1978-2016
On Tuesday September 27th, 2016, El Cajon Police (right outside of San Diego) responded to a call of a mentally unstable man walking in and out of traffic. After arriving the two officers arrived they saw Olango in front of a strip mall, after allegedly failing to comply with orders to remove his hands from his pants pocket, then pointing at the officers with an unidentified object. To which the officers opened fire. It was later discovered that the mysterious object was a three inch silver vaping device. The 38 year old Ugandan refugee would die on the spot.
Chinedu Okobi 1982-2018
In San Mateo County, Ca, (South of San Francisco) on October 3rd 2018, police received reports of a man weaving in and out of traffic. After a patrol car approached Okobi, he crossed the street to get away from the first responder amidst a red light, only to be tracked run down by several other deputies who used tasers, batons and pepper spray Okobi. He would slip into cardiac arrest and die a short time later. The San Mateo Sheriff's office issued a statement that Okobi punched an officer before the interaction escalated, however, this was later refuted by the subsequently released video.
The footage shows officers had trouble restraining Okodi, the officers resorted to tasers, in which he was tased seven times, He was also seen asking "What'd I do?" , as he is being told to turn over on his stomach. Okobi calls for help and attempts to scoot away and one officer hits him with a baton, in which Okobi hits back at the officer. Okobi was eventually transported to the Mills-Peninsula Medial Center, where he later died.
Despite his death being ruled a homicide with ambiguously-reasoned stop, Okobi, the son of Nigerian immigrants, father of 13 year daughter Christina, brother to Facebook executive Ebele OKobi, Poet and graduate of Morehouse College was the third police related taser death of 2018 in San Mateo.
Despite this fact, in March 2019 the San Mateo County District Attorney ruled not to seek charges against any of the officers involved.
Finan Berhe 1989-2020
On May 9th, a police officer received a call from the White Oak Neighborhood of Silver Spring, MD of someone who was causing a disturbance. When the MCPD officer arrived he encountered Eritrean-born Finan H. Berhe , who was wielding a knife in the parking lot of his townhouse community. The officer exited his vehicle and pointed his gun at Berhe. Berhe runs towards the police cruiser , the officer tells him to put the knife down. Berhe continues to approach as the officer continues t instruct him to drop the knife and stand down. After a few more pleas for Berhe to stop and get down on the ground, the officer claimed he didn't want to shoot him.
Behre lunged towards him and the officer shot five times times and Berhe dropped to the ground. Although the officer tried to perform first aid help on Berhe immediately after shooting, he would later die at a nearby hospital.
The two-month-old incident remains under investigation, as the footage from the involved office's body camera has been submitted to MCPD's internal affairs and the state's Attorney office. The shooting officer has been paced paid administrative leave.
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