Death Of Keeven Robinson, Black Louisiana Man In Police Custody, Ruled Homicide

Autopsy reveals black man, 22, who died after a struggle with police was suffocated

The Robinson family, including Keeven's mother, suffering at the loss of her child.

Mr Cvitanovich said the injuries were "consistent with compressional asphyxia", but complete results, which includes toxicology reports and examining microscopic evidence of Robin's lungs, would take weeks.

"I'm very happy to find out that it wasn't a cover-up", said Gaylor Spiller, director of the West Jefferson branch of the NAACP.

Robinson was being investigated by narcotics detectives early Thursday, said Lt. Jason Rivarde, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

'There's no doubt [the deputies] used force, ' Lopinto said.

Sheriff Joe Lopinto said four deputies involved in the arrest have been read their rights and are cooperating in an investigation that also involves state police and the FBI.

"I understand. this investigation will be under a microscope, understand it fully", Lopinto told reporters. The family's attorney Hester Hilliard said they will be conducting an independent autopsy.

All four detectives involved with apprehending Robinson are white. He confirmed they are white.

"The reality of it is they were in a fight with this gentleman", Lopinto said. "It's whether the force was excessive". Another said "Justice for Keeven".

Marchers hope their message is heard.

"Today is just as hard as Thursday for this family", Hilliard said. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office doesn't use body cameras.

A struggle ensued, the lieutenant said, with deputies eventually handcuffing Robinson.

Robinson, left, had reportedly been the target of an undercover drug investigation and was suspected of dealing narcotics, according to police. It was about a block away from the gas station when detectives caught up with Robinson that the fatal encounter took place. He also noted police are "not trained" to use the chokehold on suspects, but aren't "forbidden from doing that".

When Sheriff Joseph Lopinto was asked if his department has a policy on choke holds, he dodged the question by saying the officer were fighting for their lives, "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".

Reportedly during the struggle Robinson stopped breathing. Now, a corner has said Robinson died of asphyxiation.

So far, no video has surfaced.

Robinson's father, Steve Jackson, said "Enough is enough ... it's time for it to stop man".

Robinson's grandmother, Sheryl Robinson, said she wants "the young black men to be able to walk the streets". Call me cynical, or call me a student of what happens when police kill people. "It's time to stop, enough is enough". She said the organization was supporting Robinson's family and keeping an eye on the case.

The march came only hours after the autopsy results were released by Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich.

"We are here to support all sides. I knew he just didn't die because the ozone was high".



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