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Osagies Speak Out
9/10/2019
 
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The parents of Osaze Osagie addressed State College Borough Council, at their meeting Monday. Osagie was a black autistic man who police say was shot and killed by State College police after he refused to put a knife down. This was the first time the parents of Osagie spoke to the public since their son was shot and killed by police, in March. They say they just want to find a way to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. "It's not always about for or against, it's about righting a wrong, it's about solving a problem," Osaze's mother Iyun Osagie said. "Something went dreadfully wrong and somebody somewhere needs to be accountable for that.� Iyun and Sylvester Osagie requested time to address the State College Borough Council during their meeting, Monday night. In March, police were called to do a mental health check on Osagie, but a police report says Osagie came at the police with a knife and ignored their commands to drop it, before police shot and killed him. A few months later an internal review was released justifying the officer's actions. At this moment, everything is still very fresh for us, it's hard at this time," Iyun Osagie said. "The entire community was traumatized just as we're traumatized as a family," Osaze's father Sylvester Osagie said. The Osagie's used their time to thank the community for their support and thank the Borough Council but also address some questions and concerns they have surrounding their son's death. "Like what exactly did you do to actually assess that there's no implied bias? I don't believe I ever got an answer that was satisfactory," Iyun Osagie said. "The police should have contacted me, when they found my son. They knew that I was driving around looking for him,� Sylvester Osagie said The Osagie's also say they're thankful for the borough council and the building of a task force. They say they feel like they've been human in their relationship with them. Meanwhile, a play to remember Osaze is expected to hit the stage in State College later this week.
  
 
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