Another day, another example of heinous behavior by people who swore to protect others.
7 Henrico County, Virginia law enforcement officers and 3 employees of Central State Hospital in neighboring Dinwiddie County have all been arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of a man in their care. According to an NPR report, 28-year-old Irvo Noel Otieno was taken into emergency care on March 3 while experiencing a mental health crisis. His family says for three days he was tortured, “brutalized”, pepper sprayed, stripped naked, and deprived of his various medication.
Otieno was then transported to Central State where he was restrained with handcuffs on his wrists and ankles while being held down for over 12 minutes by police during intake. Dinwiddie County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill says:
“They smothered him to death,” she said. “He died of asphyxia due to being smothered.”