Family of man who died in JPSO custody rally for answers

Family of man who died in JPSO custody rally for answers

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The family of a man killed in JPSO custody want to see the deputies involved fired. Relatives rallied Thursday outside the sheriff's office headquarters in Harvey.

Holding handmade signs and wearing T-shirts in memory of Keeven Robinson, friends and family members of the 22-year-old called for answers.

"This is a pattern that's happening all across the country," family friend John Henderson said.

Last month, Robinson died after an encounter with detectives in Shrewsbury. Investigators say the detectives were conducting an undercover drug investigation when they attempted to stop Robinson. He fled and a chase ensued. When they caught up to Robinson, they struggled with him, and he died.

"Our initial autopsy findings, and I'm going to be brief, reveal significant traumatic injuries to the neck," Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich said.

Robinson died of asphyxiation. His death was ruled a homicide. The deputies involved are currently on administrative duty.

"If the shoe would've been on the other foot, he would have been in jail. So I want these officers arrested. That's what I'm out here for - justice," said Robinson's aunt, Leslie Moran.

The sheriff's office says the investigation into Robinson's death continues, which is why the detectives remain on the force but off the streets. For Robinson's family, they say their pain won't go away until someone is held responsible.

"Twenty-two years old. I would've rather gone to visit him in jail than the graveyard. Enough is enough," said Robinson's grandmother, Sheryl.

State Police and the FBI are assisting the sheriff's office with the investigation into Robinson's death. The family says they'd like to see a separate investigation by an outside agency.

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