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Funeral for Irvo Otieno, killed by sherrifs deputies and employees of Central State Hospital earlier this month, on March 29 in Richmond, VA.

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How many times must this cycle continue? Kill someone unnecessarily, pay millions, rinse, repeat.

Earlier this year, BOSSIP reported on the murder of Irvo Otieno, a Virginia man suffering a mental health crisis when he was piled upon by sheriff’s deputies at the Henrico County Jail. In a security camera video that was subsequently released after he was killed, men who swore to “serve and protect” can be seen pepper spraying, throwing punches, and beating Otieno without regard for his health or safety. Upon being transferred to Central State Hospital for medical care, a total of 10 deputies and hospital workers piled upon Otieno for a recorded 12 minutes, essentially smothering him to death.

Yesterday, Sept. 20, according to AP News, Irvo Otieno’s family reached a wrongful death settlement with the state of Virginia, Henrico County, and Henrico County Sheriff Alisa A. Gregory to the tune of $8.5 million.

Lawyers for the family, Ben Crump, and co-counsel Mark Krudys, released a statement regarding the settlement:

“The family of Irvo Otieno and the County of Henrico, its Sheriff, and the Commonwealth of Virginia have reached a confidential settlement regarding the death of Irvo Otieno. The family is pleased that they were able to find a resolution outside of court in a manner that honors Irvo’s life.”
While they say that the terms were “confidential’, the legal filing is public information that was attained at the Henrico County Circuit Court. It details that the Otieno family will receive $5 million after the funeral expenses of $3 million are covered.
According to WRIC, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin wanted this case settled ASAP:
Macaulay Porter, a spokeswoman for Gov. Glenn Youngkin, described Otieno’s death as a “profound tragedy,” saying in a statement that the governor “pushed” for the settlement “with the hope that doing so proactively and fairly might alleviate – in a small way – some of the suffering that Irvo’s mother and brother faced, recognizing that no settlement can take the place of a loved one.”
Rest in peace, Irvo Otieno. Hopefully, the people responsible for his death will be sent to prison.


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