NAACP responds to refusal of charges against JPSO officers

NAACP reacts to Robinson ruling

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. (WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish Branch NAACP 6082 will hold a news conference to respond to the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s announcement that his office will not seek criminal charges against four JPSO narcotic agents who arrested Keeven Robinson.

“That report we got yesterday was a slap in the face to us. It opened wounds all over again, but I want Mr. Connick to know we’re not going nowhere,” Sheryl Robinson, Keeven’s grandmother said.

“We’re heartbroken by what the DA has brought to us. It took them two years and some change to face my family, and 15 minutes to put it out to the public, and that didn’t sit well with me,” Kaitlynn Moran said.

Robinson died during that arrest in May of 2018.

“It shows how the black communities are continuously being subjected to unequal injustice here in our community,” Jefferson Parish NAACP President Gaylor Spiller said.

Robinson, who was the focus of an undercover narcotics investigation for selling heroin and cocaine in Jefferson Parish, died May 10, 2018, while resisting lawful arrest, the DA said.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office concluded that Robinson’s cause of death was compressional asphyxia and blunt force injuries with acute asthmatic exacerbation, and the manner of death was homicide.

“While a homicide is the killing of one person by another, not every homicide is a crime,” Connick said. “As in all cases, our review must focus upon the elements of proof as well as any legal justifications or defenses that may apply.”

Upon receipt of the report from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 8, 2018, the district attorney’s office began a comprehensive and independent review of this matter without regard to costs, resources or the time required to reach a fair and just decision. The office retained independent experts in forensic pathology and police use of force to provide opinions on the cause of Robinson’s death and the agents’ actions in arresting him, Connick’s office said.

“Everybody out here really is disappointed in the results we have over the two years. We know the truth, but we’re not going to stop until we get the truth and we want justice,” Joe Polk said.

They say JPSO should be transparent and held accountable.

“There wouldn’t be a question in Keeven’s case had the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office had body cameras, and basically, that is our stance. To get the sheriff to put those body cameras on,” Attorney Michelle Charles said.

“Enough is enough, and we black folks are done dying. We are done with the systemic racism that plagues us,” Spiller said.

“Two of the four deputies involved in this matter remain employed by the Sheriff’s Office and are assigned to administrative duties. The Sheriff’s Office will conduct a review of the report issued by the District Attorney’s Office and will make appropriate internal personnel decisions based on the findings as listed in the report,” the JPSO released in a statement.

“Keeven is someone’s child, just like i know he may have a child, and he knows that the four officers who killed my nephew supposed to be behind bars right now,” Leslie Moran said.

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