From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Thu Feb 14 2019 (Updated 02/16/19)
Taser Opponents Jeer Axon's Racist Slide Presentation
Axon Attempts to Defend Taser Use at San Mateo Co. Supervisors Meeting After 3 Deaths
Approximately 200 concerned citizens listened to taser manufacturer Axon’s dog and pony show that was first up on the agenda at a taser study session in Redwood City on February 11. While at first they quietly listened to Axon representatives’ presentation, they couldn’t help but react with laughter when the Axon team stated that the devices cause less serious injuries than pepper spray, dogs or batons, and had never conclusively lead to a fatal electrocution.

The Board of Supervisors called for the hearing after three men of color were murdered with tasers by law enforcement in San Mateo County in 2018. The most recent death was that of 36-year-old father Chinedu Okobi, the youngest of five siblings born to Nigerian immigrants. On October 3, 2018, he was unarmed and walking down the sidewalk when San Mateo Country Sheriff deputies approached him in Millbrae. He asked, "What did I do?" and sheriffs responded by tasing him to death.

On February 13, friends, family, and activists gathered at the site where Chinedu was killed for a vigil on what would have been his 37th birthday.

photo Vigil for Taser Victim Chinedu Okobi | video Ebele Okobi Speaks at Rally for Truth and Transparency After Her Brother Tased to Death | video Uncle Bobby at Rally for Truth & Transparency After 3 Taser Murders in San Mateo Co. | photo Axon Defends Taser Safety at San Mateo Co. Supervisors Meeting About 3 Deaths | photo Rally for Truth and Transparency After Taser Deaths in San Mateo | calendar Community Study Session on Tasers | calendar Rally Prior to Taser Forum: Demand Truth and Transparency of DA/Sheriff

Related Feature: Protesters Demand Justice for Chinedu Okobi
07/07/19 Outraged Americans Demonstrate Against Trump's Concentration Camps Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Central Valley | San Francisco | Peninsula | U.S. | Immigrant Rights06/20/19 Hong Kong Solidarity Demonstrations Held in Palo Alto and San Francisco Front Page | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | San Francisco | Peninsula | International06/10/19 Protesters Raise Awareness of Gun Violence with Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Anti-War | San Francisco | North Bay / Marin | U.S.05/10/19 Anti-Fur Activists Stage Bloody Fashion Show Outside Palo Alto Neiman Marcus Front Page | Peninsula | California | Animal Liberation05/10/19 Environmentalists, Fishermen, and Tribes Continue to Oppose Single Tunnel Plan Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California05/09/19 ILWU Longshore Workers & Truckers Challenge Oakland A's Billionaire Owner Front Page | Racial Justice | Labor & Workers | East Bay05/06/19 Let Us Live Coalition Pushes to Restrict Police Use of Deadly Force Statewide Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | California | Government & Elections05/05/19 Dwindling Orcas Starving for Lack of Salmon, Being Hurt by Boats and Water Pollution Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | San Francisco | Peninsula | North Coast | California | U.S. | Animal Liberation | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/04/19 Oakland Police Will No Longer Be Able Search Parolees & Probationers Without Cause Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | Government & Elections05/04/19 Multiple California Businesses Flouting Law Forbidding Force-Feeding of Birds Central Valley | San Francisco | North Bay / Marin | California | Animal Liberation05/04/19 Authorities Fail to Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws Yet Prosecute Activists North Bay / Marin | Animal Liberation

We are 100% volunteer and depend on your participation to sustain our efforts!


donate now

$ 142.00 donated
in the past month

Get Involved

If you'd like to help with maintaining or developing the website, contact us.


Publish your stories and upcoming events on Indybay.

IMC Network