This isn’t about justice. It’s about vengeance.
Specifically, the indictments state that the officers removed Robinson from his vehicle and slammed him head-first onto the ground. According to the accusations, after slamming Robinson, the DA said that the three officers struck and kicked Robinson in the head and chest areas. JPD has disputed these charges, and conducted their own Internal Affairs investigation.
The encounter came about during a manhunt for the killer of local pastor, Anthony Longino, who was shot and killed while opening up his church for Sunday services. Robinson was not a suspect at the time, but was discovered by the officers, involved in what they perceived to be a drug transaction. The officers approached the vehicle, and directed Robinson to show them his hands. He ignored the directive, and kept he hands below his seat. The officers removed him from the vehicle, citing noncompliance. They filed police reports stating that they subdued him while on the ground, and handcuffed him. He was released after questioning. The officers called in a medical response team to assess his condition and offer treatment, if necessary. Robinson is to have refused treatment.
WLBT that according to surveillance video at the Mustang Motel in Jackson, Robinson arrived there approximately an hour after the police encounter. Investigators were told that Robinson resided at the hotel. The surveillance footage shows that several people visited the room throughout the evening.
He was taken by ambulance to a hospital later that night, after his girlfriend placed an emergency call. He died of a brain hemorrhage at the hospital two days later. The county coroner, after performing Robinson’s autopsy, ruled his death a homicide by blunt force trauma to the head.
District Attorney Jody E. Owens II, former civil rights attorney and former head of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Missisippi branch, assumed the case after being sworn in January of 2020. He issued a joint about the Robinson case, and another high profile case that he inherited from previous DA, Robert Shuler Smith:
Clinton Police Chief Ford Hayman made his feelings known about the case, and the involvement of his officers, in a brief at the Hinds County Courthouse:
Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher followed up with a comment t of his own:
The Mayor of Jackson, Chokwe A. Lumumba issued a statement on the indictments on shortly after they were issues last month: