Keeven Robinson: Black 22-Year-Old's Death in Police Custody Ruled Homicide

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

Gaylor Spiller, president of the Jefferson Parish chapter of the NAACP, said Monday that she is "very happy" to find out that the death of Keeven Robinson - the 22-year-old man who died while being arrested by Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies last week - "wasn't a cover up". After the results of the autopsy, Lopinto said he contacted the FBI's Civil Rights Task Force and the State Police for a joint investigation into the case.

Though the family and the West Jefferson NAACP express gratitude to the coroner's office for its transparency, the Robinson family is frustrated, Hilliard said.

Robinson's grieving family is calling for an investigation by an agency other than the local police department.

Robinson's family immediately questioned if he died from excessive force, something Lopinto said he couldn't confirm at the time.

A Louisiana coroner says a black suspect who died in a battle with white law enforcement officials final week died of asphyxiation and there was proof of stress on his neck.

Gerry Cvitanovich (sih-TAN'-uh-vich) is the coroner in Jefferson Parish, close to New Orleans.

Keeven Robinson's grandmother, Sheryl Robinson, spoke after the Sheriff's press conference, saying that her grandson's death is bigger than just one person. Even if it did, Lopinto said, the deputies involved were undercover detectives.

With the investigation ongoing, Lopinto declined to conclude that the detectives used a chokehold during their arrest. He confirmed they're white.

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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". Lopinto mentioned the query for investigators is whether or not plain-clothes narcotics officers used extreme drive. 'I just want the truth'.

Robinson then crashed into two Jefferson Parish deputy vehicles before getting out of his vehicle and running into some backyards in the neighborhood, hopping fences along the way according to authorities. He said there was a gun in Robinson's vehicle and that he had heroin on him.

He said there was a gun in Robinson's auto and that he had heroin on him.

'Today is just as hard as Thursday for this family, ' the family's attorney Hester Hilliard told NOLA.com.

So far, no video has surfaced. We have the justice system for that reason. He fled police, according to Lt. Jason Rivarde, a spokesperson for the Parish Sheriff's Office.

"Undercover narcotics agents would not have a body camera strapped to their chests", he said. "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".

"We are here to support all sides".

She credited Lopinto and Cvitanovich for being open about the autopsy results and the investigation.

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