Irvo Otieno’s family says video of police custody death is ‘traumatic’ | USA TODAY

Ten people have been arrested in connection to the death of Irvo Otieno in police custody.

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Irvo Otieno, 28, died shortly after being admitted to Central State Hospital in suburban Petersburg on March 6.

Video footage from the hospital's patient intake area shows the deputies throwing a handcuffed Otieno face down to the floor and lying across him to restrain him, and "smothered him to death" according to Dinwiddie County Commonwealth's Attorney Ann Cabell, who described the video at a hearing on Wednesday.

The entire episode lasted about 12 minutes, and while the video was not shown in court, Baskervill called it "disturbing" and proof of unnecessary cruelty against the victim. After viewing the hospital footage, Baskervill said she immediately sought the deputies' arrest.

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