Family Demanding Answers After Chinedu Okobi Killed By Millbrae Police

The family of Chinedu Okobi are demanding answers after the father of one was killed after an incident with Millbrae police officers on Wednesday. 36-year-old Chindeu Okobi, with a history of mental illness, died at the hands of Millbrae Police officers who allegedly confronting Okobi whom was walking in and out of traffic. 

A struggle ensued and the officer used tasers multiple times in attempt to subdue Okobi. Okobi was unarmed and died as a result of the confrontation.

Activist Shaun King is now taking to social media to demand justice for Okobi,

 

Via NBC Bay Area

Okobi’s sister, Ebele, says surveillance video and witnesses tell a different story. Okobi was unarmed, and she wonders if police handled it properly.

"Do police officers know how to deal with people in crisis?" Ebele Okobi said. "Do police officers give black men the same dignity they give everybody else?"

She also believes her brother's race was a factor after seeing the number of unarmed black men killed by police. She says she always feared something like this might happen.

"I don’t live in America and specifically because of this," Ebele Okobi said. "I don’t have the emotional fortitude to raise a black son in America. We live in London. No place is perfect, but when my husband leaves home, I don’t worry like I do here."

Chinedu Okobi was a talented spoken word poet and devoted father, his family said. He had a history of mental illness, but it’s unclear if he was taking his medications at the time, they said.

The DA's office said the investigation in his death will take 8-10 weeks.

 

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, a child has lost her father way too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Okobi family.

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