No criminal charges to be filed in taser death of Chinedu Okobi

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There will be no criminal charge against five San Mateo County deputies involved in a physical altercation and deadly tasing incident that happened back in October. 

Authorities say that on Oct. 13, 2018, Chinedu Okobi was tased four separate times by deputies. 

Okobi was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“We looked at assault by a police officer,” San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe said. “We looked at excessive use of force under the color of authority of an officer.”

The district attorney’s report revealed Okobi was unarmed. He was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol nor was he a suspect in any crimes when a deputy attempted to stop him while he was walking on El Camino Real in the City of Burlingame. 

Wagstaffe said, “My conclusion is the conduct of the officers on that day was lawful under the California penal code and the united states constitution and the law that governs them.”

The victim’s sister, Ebele Okobi said she was horrified to learn that the district attorney chose not to pursue criminal charges against the deputies. 

“These five officers took him from us,” she said. “District Attorney Wagstaffe just told them that my brother’s life was not worth protecting. It’s a disgrace.”

Okobi, who suffered from a mental illness, failed to submit a lawful order to stop walking, authorities say. 

The report concludes the actions that followed were reasonable. 

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