Video shows Va. deputies pile on top of Irvo Otieno before his death

Seven sheriff’s deputies and three hospital workers have been charged with murder in the case.

Deputies appear to pile on top of Otieno in fatal encounter
Surveillance video from Central State Hospital in Virginia shows law enforcement officers and medical staff piling on top of Irvo Otieno before his death. (Video: Dinwiddie County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office)

As many as 10 sheriff’s deputies and medical staff at Virginia’s Central State Hospital can be seen piling on top of a shackled Irvo N. Otieno for approximately 11 minutes until he stops moving, according to new video showing the encounter that led to the 28-year-old Black man’s death.

The hospital surveillance video, which has no sound, shows Otieno’s final moments on March 6, from the time Henrico County sheriff’s deputies drag him into a hospital admissions room in handcuffs and leg irons, to the 11 minutes in which they restrain Otieno on the ground, to the moment when they release Otieno’s limp body around 4:40 p.m.

Minutes later, video shows workers beginning to apply chest compressions and a defibrillator machine to Otieno’s upper body, before a medical technician drapes him with a white sheet at 5:48 p.m.

A Virginia prosecutor has charged seven Henrico County sheriff’s deputies and three staff members at the hospital with second-degree murder in Otieno’s death, and has said she expects more arrests and charges.


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