Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Keeven Robinson: Death of man during arrest ruled homicide

Keeven Robinson: Death of man during arrest ruled homicide

They are being reassigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, the sheriff said. He said it was consistent with someone choking, grabbing or leaning on Robinson's neck.

The 22-year-old had allegedly been a target of investigation for suspected drug dealing.

"Now, it's time for us to move on to making funeral arrangements for a 22-year-old that should not have died".

Following the scuffle, Robinson was arrested in his backyard and taken into custody.

Following a "brief" struggle, an officer handcuffed Robinson, who then stopped breathing. He was taken to Ochsner Medical Center but could not be revived, according to officials. We have the justice system for that reason.

Video from a security camera at the gas station where Robinson had been parked captures the moment when officers initiated the confrontation. Our reporters and videographers will investigate police brutality and corruption while also exploring local and national efforts to improve policing in our communities. Police said he led them on a chase, jumped out and ran. Lopinto added that the detectives involved in the incident were undercover and would not have worn body cameras.

Lopinto said it was too early to conclude whether a choke hold was used. "But I also understand that an independent set of eyes is something that's appropriate in a case like this". 'It's whether the force was excessive'.

At a press conference Monday, Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich laid out what initial autopsy results revealed: "Our initial autopsy findings reveal significant traumatic injuries to the neck, the soft tissue of the neck", he said. A final autopsy report is not expected for several weeks.

More than 100 people - including Robinson's mother, Kiwanda Robinson, - took to the streets on Monday night to honor Robinson near the scene of his death in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans.

'Today is just as hard as Thursday for this family, ' the family's attorney Hester Hilliard told NOLA.com. "They're grieving, and today they had to find out that Keeven lost his life at the hands of another", she said, according WDSU.

Hilliard added that his clients would feel "more comfortable" if Jefferson Parish police weren't involved in the investigation. Lopinto has also asked the Louisiana State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation civil rights task force to join him in investigating how Robinson's death occurred.

When asked for her reaction to the autopsy results, the 61-year-old grandmother said she was not surprised. "We're here to support all sides", Spiller said.

"For me it means unity, coming together and pretty much just supporting the family", protester Regina Hollins told WWL-News.

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