VIDEO: DA Clears Officers For Death Of Facebook Exec's Brother

The San Mateo county district attorney announced he would not charge officers involved in the death of Chinedu Okobi.

San Mateo, CA – The San Mateo district attorney released video of the incident that led to the death of 36-year-old Chinedu Okobi just a few days after his office announced that none of the officers involved would be charged (video below).

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe announced on March 1 that his office had investigated the “horrible tragedy” and decided not to bring charges against any of the police officers involved, CBS News reported.

Wagstaffe said that an independent investigation had determined that all of the officers’ action were lawful under California law.

The incident occurred on Oct. 3, 2018 in the 1400-block of El Camino Real in Millbrae, according to report released by the district attorney’s office.

The dashcam video of the incident began just before Okobi crossed the street against the light.

Wagstaffe explained that San Mateo County deputies had been instructed to stringently enforce jaywalking laws after several pedestrians were struck by vehicles, the Mercury News reported.

The video showed a deputy pulled up beside Okobi and told him to “hold up a minute,” twice.

Okobi ignored the deputy and continued walking, the video showed.

Thus began a four-minute game whereby Okobi crossed back and forth across the street while an officer followed him in a police car.

Each time the officer caught up enough to talk to Okobi, he took off in another direction, at times walking down the very narrow center median of the roadway, the video showed.

“Let’s go talk on the sidewalk,” the officer called out to Okobi in the video.

Okobi took off in the opposite direction.

Additional police units arrived on the scene to assist the first deputy, and initially, Okobi appeared afraid and put his hands up in the air, the video showed.

But then Okobi ignored police commands and struck a female deputy who was the first to approach him, the video showed.

Four deputies surrounded Okobi and tried to take him into custody. He ignored commands to get on the ground.

Officers warned Okobi that he would be Tased if he didn’t comply, but the man broke away from them and ran out into the street, waving his arms in the air, the video showed.

Three officers pulled out their Tasers and pointed them at Okobi, and then one fired his Taser at the suspect, the Mercury News reported.

Okobi rolled around on the pavement in the middle of the road screaming for help, and was Tased two more times.

But the video showed that despite the Taser charges, Okobi got up and began running across the street again.

The deputies chased him and caught up across the street, where one deputy tried to hit Okobi in the leg with a baton.

An enraged Okobi punched the officer in the face, prompting yet another officer to deploy pepper spray, the video showed.

But the pepper spray missed its intended target and the deputy sprayed his fellow deputies instead of Okobi, the Mercury News reported.

Throughout the struggle in the video, one officer can be heard coaching the others to hang in there and “stay in the fight” despite having been pepper sprayed as Okobi fought them violently.

An officer attempted to Tase Okobi four more times, but those attempts to subdue him were ineffective because the prongs of the device were disconnected from the suspect by then, according to the Mercury News.

Emergency medical personnel reported that Okobi was still moving when they arrived on the scene, but they lost his pulse shortly thereafter.

He was pronounced dead at Mills Peninsula Hospital about 80 minutes after he initially encountered deputies, the Mercury News reported.

In the audio recording of the encounter, deputies speculated that Okobi was on drugs when he fought them, but the toxicology report from the medical examiner showed no evidence of drugs in his system.

The autopsy report said Okobi died from “cardiac arrest following physical exertion, physical restraint, and recent electro-muscular disruption,” according to the Mercury News.

Okobi’s sister is a high-level executive at Facebook, and said she was “devastated” but “not surprised” by Wagstaffe’s decision not to charge the officers who fought her brother.

“What this decision shows to us, to our family — it tells us that we are not safe in San Mateo County,” Ebele Okobi said. “And if you’re black, or mentally ill, or if you need help, you could be electrocuted to death by those who are meant to protect and serve.”

Activists called for a moratorium on Taser use and the establishment of a civilian oversight committee for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the Mercury News reported.

San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos issued his condolences to Okobi’s family but said he had no plans to discontinue Taser use by deputies from his department.

Watch the altercation unfold in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

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Shastabeau
Shastabeau

E Okobi, your brother and your brother alone is the ONLY one guilty of his death! Acting like a horses a$$ and it killed him! Officers doing their damned jobs makes everyone safer scuzzball! It was a stupid Jaywalking ticket, and he turned it into a climactic scene!

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

What the bad part about this 1) what difference does it make where she works why do any of the media outlets even bring that up and BLM is just reporting what the media said lol 2) you can't win anyway you go with unruly black people and there families and the reason I say just black people they are the one's every day accusing police officers of being racist because of force if there kin is carrying a knife or a gun pointing it at officers they want to know why you couldn't have used less lethal force well here you go the other way the officer's did everything to try and calm things down but when it did work they didn't just start beating on him (the racist assholes they say we are lol) we tried a less than lethal force and they still say were use to much force and are racist i really believe we need to have a national day off for all police officers and let's see what happens lol i think all it would take is one day sorry this is long it just pisses me off lol

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

Pistol-whipping is a lost art.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Just a reminder to all police officers. Blacks are no longer required to obey the laws. Only whites, and possibly Asians will be held accountable for their actions. This change in policy occurred during the Obama years.

Signal10
Signal10

I don't care that this man's sister works for that fascist Zuckerberg, there doesn't need to be a moratorium on taser use, use of deadly force, writing tickets, or anything else one may deem politically correct towards blacks, whites, asians, browns, red, yellow or green people for all that matters.

The only moratorium that needs to be held is one in which people are taught to; 1.) Listen to the officer, 2.) Follow their instructions, 3.) Do exactly as they tell you to do, the way they tell you to do it, 4.) And always remember, the men in blue is a friend to you!

WKaye
WKaye

Saw a bunch of officers who were awful nice. I've also seen this happen twice in my career. The dead guy holds all responsibility.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

I'm sorry this man died but he brought about his own death. The officers tried to deal with him over & over again but he fought them all the way. His death is his own fault. Who his sister is, is completely mote. Not even important who she works for. She of course will never blame her brother for his part in this. It's so much more important to blame the ones who were trying to help her out of control brother.

willhunt222
willhunt222

A simple willingness to follow a lawful order was the answer. Failure to do so resulted in a sad situation TOTALLY owned by the deceased.

REALITY_CHECK
REALITY_CHECK

Looked legit to me. They were a lot nicer than I would have been. I think they did a great job.

FrogHill
FrogHill

Was that music from a Clint Eastwood "Spaghetti Western" at 20:45 in the video or am I hearing things?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I get it. 4 cops are trying to talk to a black man, not in the middle of the street, who is committing multiple minor infractions, so he does what any reasonable person would do..... he strikes one of the deputies. Then he runs away acting crazy. (can you imagine what the outcry would have been if he was hit by a car, which was why they were cracking down on jaywalking?) PD finally subdues this entitled prick, and EMS is called, and he ends up dying from physical exertion, being restrained and being tazed..

Sorry he died, but had he calmly talked to the officers on the sidewalk like they wanted to initially, he would likely still be alive. This whole situation was the result of his entitlement and desire to fight the man, because he felt like the rules shouldn't apply to him.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

First, I don't give a damn that his sister works for that liberal commie at Fakebook!! Second, he is 100% responsible for his death, not the police!! And if you think you aren't safe here, then pack your bags and get the f--k out!! Go to South Africa, I hear its a lot safer down there!! You stupid ass biatch!!!

Gramercy
Gramercy

Is his sister as crazy as he appeared to be? What was up with him? Had to have been drugged too!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another classic example of what can happen when you ignore police commands and then resist arrest. When will people learn?????

Katarina
Katarina

Sounds like both brother and sister shared the same ignorance and lack of common sense and decency. Their loss.

61mouse
61mouse

Too bad it wasn't on Facebook live and then maybe asshole Zuck would get rid of that

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

All officers did an excellent job

Stop targeting them and focus all your rage on the underlying mental, physical and societal issues he had.

You and your family were well aware of his condition and ignored it

Now you want a pay day!!

You are the lowest of the low

Hannibal
Hannibal

That guy was walking around in traffic putting people and himself in danger. Those cops did everything they could to take him down softly even though the suspect fought and resisted. The cops did nothing wrong.

Caprice56
Caprice56

What an idiot she is. No wonder she’s high up in management. Even with all the evidence to the contrary it’s still not her brother’s fault. Wake up. You and your family are responsible for his attitude and behavior. No one else. Not safe? Tell me, who was safe from your brother that day? Not the officers! Not the pedestrians!

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Oh great.....play the skin color card. Okobi..GET OUT OF AMERICA YOU PREJUDICED SKANK.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

A belief that the law does not apply , arrogance, ignorance , illegal substance abuse , and a refusal to comply......................

".............that led to the death of 36-year-old Chinedu Okobi"

Bluelivesdonotmatter
Bluelivesdonotmatter

I hate how you ignorant white people think that the hate you preach and show isn't noticible... I constantly see you people make racist remarks then point the finger and point out how the person who called you out on your hate is the ignorant one!

Bluelivesdonotmatter
Bluelivesdonotmatter

No one has taken the time to ask WHY!!! Why did this man do This? You racists don't care at all about why this man was like this....what white people do is defend evil white bias cops who with that bias, judge and discriminate people of color.!!! Oh and murder them with the support of the law!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Bluelivesdonotmatter said "No one has taken the time to ask WHY!!!"

Ok, Why? Why did this man demonstrate ...."a belief that the law does not apply to him , arrogance, ignorance , illegal substance abuse , and a refusal to comply to repeated directives from LEOs......." .....that's why. "Racists"? We may just actually be "realists" who call it as we see it and observe the person's illegal behaviors no matter the color of one's skin. "Racist " is the most overused cliche' used today. So >>>why exactly<<< is it racist in this case ? and be specific. Just because he was black is not an answer. Look at the >behaviors< of this person (and others in your community) as that is what other people and yes, law enforcement may object to. If these behaviors are demonstrated more often in your community then >>change the behaviors<<. There may then be much less of a likelihood of outcomes such as this. Any other contributing factors by this individual surely must have been noticed by other family members before the date of this incident. Where were they and their concerns prior to this incident? Where was the acknowledgement of this person to do as he was repeatedly directed to do and just comply ? Why is it when even when a person such as this does not accept his/her own personal responsibility that it is somehow someone else's fault? If he simply complied he would likely still be alive today.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Bluelivesdonotmatter said"Sorry one mre detail i forgot to metion.... with a handle like the duke you say you are not racist? You know he believed in white supremacy right?"

Mr.Matter - You appear fixated with throwing out the accusation of "racist" to anyone within arm's throwing distance and its repeated constantly in your responses.... ..... and now because I chose "THEDUKE"as my screen name I am a "racist" huh. WOW. Are you a comedian by trade ? If not you should be. From now on make sure you specify why anyone is racist. Otherwise it is simply meaningless and a cliche' and which goes ignored.