Rev. Al Sharpton and attorney Ben Crump are set to speak at the funeral of Irvo Otieno, a 28-year-old Black man who died during a mental health crisis after being pinned down for 12 minutes by law enforcement and hospital staff. The tragic incident has prompted more national calls for justice and mental health reform.
The service, led by First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Dr. Dwight C. Jones, will take place in Virginia. Otieno’s death on March 3, has reignited conversations on how law enforcement handles mental health crises.
Following his arrest, Otieno was taken to a hospital where he was restrained by seven sheriff’s deputies and three hospital workers. His death was only reported hours after his body had been cleaned up and moved.
Dinwiddie County Prosecutor Ann Bakersville has since charged the deputies and hospital employees with second-degree murder.
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