JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish's coroner announced Monday that preliminary findings of an autopsy on 22-year-old Keeven Robinson show that his death was a result of a homicide.
The autopsy was performed Saturday.
"Our initial autopsy findings, and I'm going to be brief, reveal significant traumatic injuries to the neck, okay? The soft tissue of the neck. These findings are consistent with compressional asphyxia, and we're confident that at the end of our process that that is going to be the cause of death. Regarding manner of death, at this point, manner of death is homicide," said Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich.
Robinson was in custody when he died on May 10 after deputies caught him near Jefferson Highway and Labarre Place in someone's backyard.
The sheriff said plainclothes undercover narcotics detectives spotted Robinson at a nearby Shell gas station and tried to arrest him, but he took off.
Surveillance video from the Shell Station near where the chase ensued was released Monday. The footage showed the moments before the fatal incident.
Hundreds marched from that very spot. Family members say the autopsy results confirmed what they already knew — asthma didn't' kill Keeven. While they say the 22-year-old had his share of issues, they say he didn't deserve to die.
"He was a good, respectable child," said Keeven's dad, Steven Jackson. "All this police brutality has to stop. You got someone in custody, take him to jail. They're already scared. Why do you think they're running? They don't want the violence."
Jackson joined hundreds of others to march for an end to the violence and justice for Keeven. They chanted things like "no justice, no peace" and "enough is enough".
Keeven's family and friends say they hope the protest helps to bring about change.
"I hope it accomplishes that this doesn't happen to anybody else's child. It's hard. I know the mother real well. She's grieving real hard, but I hope it comes to a stop, not just in New Orleans but all over the country," said Keeven's relative, Ernest Jackson. "We got to try to come together as a whole - black, white Hispanic. It's not just about the black thing."
After the march, organizers asked people to become involved by signing up for different committees that address issues like police brutality in order to affect change in the community.