NEW ORLEANS – More than 100 people marched into a New Orleans suburb in memory of Keeven Robinson – a 22-year-old man whose death was classified as a murder after a fight with sheriff's deputies. According to the CBS subsidiary WWL-TV from New Orleans, Louisiana, four agents were put into service.
The march on Monday night happened after authorities in the Jefferson Township announced preliminary autopsy evidence indicating that Robinson had signs of trauma to his neck and that he died of suffocation. Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich said the injuries were "consistent with compression asphyxia". The full results ̵
"I do not want to delay the disclosure of the direction in which we set out from Mr. Robinson's family, the sheriff's department or the media," Cvitanovich said. He added that he had shared the preliminary results with Robinson's mother before a joint press conference with Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto.
Lopinto said Cvitanovich told him about Saturday's autopsy report. He said the four deputies involved in the arrest had read their rights and cooperated in investigations into his office, state police and FBI.
"I understand that this investigation will be under a microscope," Lopinto said.
Hester Hilliard, an attorney for Robinson's family, said the sheriff and coroner had acted with "professionalism and transparency." However, she also said the family would like to see an agency other than the sheriff's office conduct the investigation.
Lopinto declined to identify the deputies immediately. He confirmed that they are white. Robinson was black.
"There is no doubt that they used violence," Lopinto said. "It's whether the power was excessive."
On Monday night, New Orleans media videos featured social media protesters who carried signs. One read: "Enough is enough." Another said "Justice for Keeven".
Some protesters heard "Amazing Grace".
"For me, that means unity, coming together and supporting the family," Regina Hollins told WWL-TV. 19659002] The Sheriff's Office Investigates Four MPs With the Help of the State Police and the FBI
WWL-TV writes that the march is due to Robinson's death last week he suffered during a fight with Jefferson Parish Narcotics Detectives. Robinson was allegedly investigated for drugs and was discovered at a local gas station when he picked up in his car. It was about a block from the gas station when Detective Robinson realized that the deadly encounter was taking place.
The station adds that the march came hours after the coroner had released Robinson's autopsy, which indicated he had traumatic injuries to the soft
Lopinto said it was too early to conclude whether or not Choke hold was used. Officers are not specifically prohibited by departmental policies from using choke holds, but they are not trained in them either.
"From a political point of view, we do not train anyone to beat someone with a brick," Lopinto told reporters. "But if you fight for your life and a brick is there, you hit someone with a brick."
Lopinto said Monday that Robinson was unarmed when he was imprisoned. He said Robinson's car was a weapon and he had heroin.
So far, no video has appeared. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office does not use body cameras. Even if, Lopinto said, the deputies involved were undercover detectives.
"Undercover narcotics would not have strapped a body camera to her chest," he said.
Robinson's father, Steve Jackson, said, "Enough is enough … it's time to stop man."
"At that time, I'm lost for words," he added.
WWL-TV writes that Robinson's grandmother said that young black men should not live in fear of the police
"We want the young blacks to be able to walk the streets and if the police kill them, we want to that they stand and let the police do their job, "said Sheryl Robinson. "They're scared of the police, they kill our kids, it's time to stop, enough is enough."
Among the attendees of the early Monday press conference, Gaylor Spiller was from the Jefferson Parish chapter of the NAACP. She said the organization supports Robinson's family and keeps an eye on the case
She admitted to Lopinto and Cvitanovich that they were open to autopsy findings and investigations. "We are here to support all sides," said Spiller. "I only want the truth."
WWL-TV's earlier report showing surveillance footage of Robinson's entry into the gas station can be seen here or in the video player: