A march in rememberance of suspect

Adjust Comment Print

Sheriff Lopinto, who declined to identify the detectives who are subjects of the inquiry, reached his decision to reassign the deputies after the parish's coroner classified Mr. Robinson's death as a homicide.

Now, a coroner has announced that he died of asphyxiation due to pressure applied to his neck.

According to reports, Robinson's death was caused by "significant" trauma to his neck consistent with compressional asphyxia, Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich said in a press conference Monday (May 14) Cvitanovich also said he delivered the news to Robinson's mother prior to informing the press "At this point, the manner of death is homicide".

Although an official autopsy report will take weeks, the coroner emphasized the accuracy of the preliminary results.

Cvitanovich noted that the coroner's definition of homicide is not the legal definition. While at a gas station on Thursday, Robinson allegedly saw the detectives, who were in plainclothes, and tried to flee the scene, hitting one of the officer's cars as he left the gas station.

WWL-TV writes that the march stems from Robinson's death last week from injuries he sustained during a struggle with Jefferson Parish Narcotics Detectives.

Robinson's grieving family is calling for an investigation by an agency other than the local police department. He advised reporters at a information convention Monday that 22-year-old Keeven Robinson's demise is assessed as a murder.

All four detectives involved with apprehending Robinson are white.

When Robinson noticed the agents, who wore badges, approaching him, he attempted to drive off, but jumped from his auto about a block away after running into two sheriff's vehicles.

'National Police Week' to honor fallen officers
The Santa Maria Police Department is inviting locals to a memorial ceremony and fundraiser luncheon Wednesday . Allery was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong, of Belcourt, after a pursuit on January 18, 2017.

"An independent set of eyes is appropriate", Lopinto said.

He said it was too early to conclude whether a choke hold was used during the struggle, adding that Robinson's history of asthma may have played a role in his death.

Lopinto said the investigation would determine if the use of deadly force on Robinson - who did not have a gun on his body but had one in his auto - was justified.

Asked whether the office has a policy on the use of chokeholds, Lopinto said, "From a policy standpoint, we don't train somebody to hit someone with a brick - but if you're fighting for your your life and the brick's there, you hit somebody with the brick". "That doesn't mean our officers did anything wrong, or it may mean that they did something wrong". Call me cynical, or call me a student of what happens when police kill people.

Robinson was unarmed. In case you are wondering, the department does not use body or dashboard cameras.

During that struggle, Lopinto said, Robinson stopped breathing.

'We're her to support all sides, ' Spiller said.

Among those attending the news conference was Gaylor Spiller of the Jefferson Parish chapter of the NAACP. "You do the crime, you do the time", she added.