Death of 22-year-old Louisiana man in police custody ruled homicide

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

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

The death of a black man in police custody in Louisiana has been ruled a homicide by asphyxiation, a coroner said Monday. He added that he had shared the preliminary findings with Robinson's mother prior to a joint news conference with Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto. Police originally tried to blame his death on asthma, but now the Jefferson Parish coroner is telling a very different tale.

The suspect rammed several police cars before crashing his vehicle, he said. The officers pursued Robinson in a foot chase as he leaped over fences before catching him in the backyard of a residence.

Lopinto said Monday that Robinson was unarmed when he was detained.

An attorney for Robinson's family, Hester Hilliard, said the autopsy result compounded their grief.

Lopinto had previously suggested Robinson's asthma may have played a role in his death. Mr. Robinson's death came less than three months after the Louisiana authorities declined to charge two Baton Rouge police officers in connection with the fatal shooting of Alton B. Sterling in July 2016.

Cvitanovich was quick to point out that when he said "homicide", he did not mean in the legal sense, but in the sense that Robinson died as a result of the actions of others.

Ryan Jackson, who was shot by Jefferson Parish deputies during a drug investigation a year ago, recently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the sheriff's office, the Advocate reported.

'They're grieving, and today, they had to find out that Keeven lost his life at the hands of another, and that's very, very hard for them'.

Lopinto said state police and the FBI would be joining the investigation into Robinson's death.


"We want the truth to the community", Spiller said.

Robinson had been a target of a narcotics investigation, suspected of dealing drugs, Lopinto told re porters last week. At some points during that struggle he stopped breathing and died on the scene. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office doesn't use body cameras. Lopinto mentioned the query for investigators is whether or not plain-clothes narcotics officers used extreme drive.

"I understand. this investigation will be under a microscope, understand it fully", Lopinto told reporters.

"Today is just as hard as Thursday for this family". He said the detectives have provided statements and are cooperating with the agency.

"We are here to support all sides". "And when the police do press them, we want them to be able to let the police do their job, but they're afraid of the police".

"I know it's disheartening and it feels like we're not getting anywhere, march after march", said Hollins.

Among those attending the news conference earlier Monday was Gaylor Spiller of the Jefferson Parish chapter of the NAACP.

When asked for her reaction to the autopsy results, the 61-year-old grandmother said she was not surprised.

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