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

Robinson's family has called for the investigation into the 22-year-old's death to be handled by an agency other than the local police.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said state police and the FBI are joining in the investigation of Robinson's death. "They're grieving, and today they had to find out that Keeven lost his life at the hands of another", she said, according WDSU.

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

After a "brief struggle" with him, detectives handcuffed Robinson.

"That said, I don't want to delay disclosure regarding the direction in which we're heading from Mr. Robinson's family, the sheriff's department or the media", Cvitanovich said.

"We understand that [detectives] have a job to do and sometimes that job is hard, by all means, but under these circumstances, we believe it's appropriate for them to be on administrative duty", Lopinto said.

"Now it's time for us to move on to making funeral arrangements for a 22-year-old that should not have died", she said. It was about a block away from the gas station when detectives caught up with Robinson that the fatal encounter took place. "All knew all those things had existed, and as I said on Thursday, an autopsy had to be determined, to determine what the cause of death was", Lopinto said.

"I'm not coming to the conclusion that this was a chokehold", said Sheriff Joe Lopinto.

Lopinto said he contacted the Louisiana State Police on Saturday after learning of the initial findings, and he asked the department to assist in the investigation. They are killing our children.

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".

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The attorney representing Robinson's family, Hester Hilliard, said they are seeking an independent autopsy. "Whether that force was excessive, I mean, that's what we're trying to come to a conclusion of", said Lopinto.

Lopinto said the four deputies were read their rights and gave statements.

"Today is just as hard as Thursday for this family", Hilliard said. He said he asked state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to join the probe to ensure there's an independent body involved.

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

"We are here to support all sides".

WWL-TV writes that Robinson's grandmother said young black men shouldn't live in fear of police.

Gaylor Spiller, president of the NAACP's Jefferson Parish chapter, praised the sheriff for his response to the autopsy results.

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

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

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