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

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. He

The death of a 22-year-old black man who died during a struggle with white deputies has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed he was suffocated. He added that he had shared the preliminary findings with Robinson's mother prior to a joint news conference with Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto. Originally, it was said he died because of asthma issues during the struggle.

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. It was about a block away from the gas station when detectives caught up with Robinson that the fatal encounter took place.

"This family needs, deserves and wants answers as to what happened to Keeven", the family's attorney Hester Hilliard said a vigil outside Robinson's home. Robinson hopped back into his vehicle when he spotted detectives approaching and sped out of the parking lot, hitting two JPSO cars during the brief, half-block auto chase, authorities said.

However, Robinson's family questioned that explanation, saying they fear deputies had strangled him to death.

But Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich said Monday that the post-mortem examination showed Robinson's death was "caused by the actions of another".

'They're grieving, and today, they had to find out that Keeven lost his life at the hands of another, and that's very, very hard for them'. He said the four deputies involved in the arrest have been read their rights and are cooperating in an investigation that involves his office, state police and the FBI.

She said the organization was supporting Robinson's family and keeping an eye on the case, mindful of numerous deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement officers.

"They're killing the children", Robinson's grandmother, Sheryl, told reporters. A struggle ensued. Robinson was taken into custody and later died.

Authorities on May 10 had targeted Robinson in an undercover investigation because he was suspected of dealing narcotics, officials said. Even if it did, Lopinto said, the deputies involved were undercover detectives. "I understand it fully", Lopinto said.

"Today is just as hard as Thursday for this family", Hilliard said.

Robinson, who was the target of an undercover drug operation, fled from police in his auto, crashed into two sheriff's vehicles, and then fled on foot - jumping over several backyard fences before he was caught with drugs on him, officials said.

Among those attending the news conference earlier Monday was Gaylor Spiller of the Jefferson Parish chapter of the NAACP. "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're not prepared to discuss that at this point", said Cvitanovich.

She credited Lopinto and Cvitanovich for being open about the autopsy results and the investigation. But I knew out on the scene that the gentleman had asthma, I also knew it was a bad air day.



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