Coroner Rules Death of Black Man Arrested in Louisiana Homicide by 'Asphyxia'

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

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.

Undercover detectives assigned to the case tracked Robinson down at a local gas station and tried to arrest him, Rivarde said, but Robinson jumped in his vehicle and led police on a chase after spotting them. Sheriff Joe Lopinto said his office is investigating along with state police and the FBI Civil Rights Task Force.

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.

Robinson's mother, Kiwanda Robinson, and several dozen family members attended Monday's news conference when the autopsy results were made public.

The four detectives involved in the suspicious arrest have been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

Again, according to the sheriff's office, the deputies then struggled with Robinson, who was carrying what they suspected to be heroin, before they managed to handcuff him. "I'm just so glad because I knew within my heart it wasn't, he just didn't die because the ozone was high", said Spiller.

The station also adds that the march came hours after the coroner released Robinson's autopsy that stated he had traumatic injuries to the soft tissue of his neck and that his death was caused by the actions of another.

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

Robinson was taken into custody by police from New Orleans' Jefferson's Parish on suspicion he was selling drugs.

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. When the 22-year-old saw detectives at a gas station, he attempted to drive away, but crashed his auto.

"They were in a struggle", Lopinto said. Lopinto said the question for investigators is whether plain-clothes narcotics officers used excessive force.

Lopinto said Monday that Robinson was unarmed when he was detained. Officers are not expressly forbidden under department policy to use choke holds, but they aren't trained in them either. "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 should be able to apprehend people without incident and we're not able to do that", says marcher Regina Hollins.

"I know they have the expertise because this is what they do every day, but I also understand that an independent set of eyes is something that's appropriate in a case like this", he said.

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

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