Group marches in honor of man who died during struggle with deputies

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

A black suspect who tussled with white deputies as they detained him in a suburb of New Orleans last week died of asphyxiation and there was evidence of pressure on his neck, a coroner said Monday. Jefferson Parish is Louisiana's largest law enforcement agency, and it has recently been the target of lawsuits accusing narcotics officers of using excessive force, according to the New Orleans Advocate.

"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. He abandoned his auto after crashing into two vehicles, then ran from deputies. It was about a block away from the gas station when detectives caught up with Robinson that the fatal encounter took place.

At the time of the arrest Robinson was unarmed, but a gun was found in his vehicle.

"They had to find out Keeven lost his life at the hands of another, and that's very, very hard for them", said Hester Hilliard, the attorney for Robinson's family said.

Lopinto had previously suggested Robinson's asthma may have played a role in his death.

"I understand this incident will be under a microscope", Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said at a Monday news conference where the preliminary results of this weekend's autopsy were announced.

Robinson was apprehended by detectives of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in an undercover investigation over suspicions he was dealing narcotics, officials said, according to NBC News. "So we ask the public and everyone to pray with this family that they will be strong ... and that justice will come for Keeven". 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.

"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. Allegedly, there was a struggle with cops and Robinson stopped breathing.

"They told the truth, they told the truth I'm glad of that", said Jackson. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office doesn't use body cameras.

The detectives were read their rights, and State Police troopers were there when the detectives gave statements about Robinson's death, authorities 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.

"There's no doubt they used force", Lopinto said.

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

Gaylor Spiller with the NAACP said that she is satisfied with the coroner's report and information from JPSO released so far. "But they're afraid of the police, they are killing our children".

"We are here to support all sides".

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

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