No charges against 4 JPSO deputies in suspect death

District Attorney says state can't prove criminal conduct

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
July 14, 2020 - 12:26 pm
Keeven Robinson
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Four JPSO deputies will not face charges in the death of a drug suspect after a foot chase two years ago.  

Jefferson Parish D.A. Paul Connick announced today that his office will not seek criminal charges, despite saying the narcotics agents' "apprehension of Keeven Robinson led to his tragic death."  

The coroner said Robinson died from "significant traumatic injuries to the neck."  He ruled it a homicide.

Robinson's family said it was a strangulation murder of an unarmed man.

Connick today said, however, that "the State cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the actions of any of the agents rises to the level of criminal conduct."

The JPSO narcotics agents are Justin Brister, Gary Bordelon, David Lowe and Jason Spadoni.  They are all white.

They were trying to arrest 22-year-old Robinson, who was black, on drug charges when he took off on foot.

Minutes later he was dead in a back yard of a home.

It happened off Jefferson Highway and Labarre on May 10th, 2018.

President of the NAACP Jefferson Parish chapter Gaylor Spiller said earlier this year, "We are still demanding an arrest, charges and conviction of these four detectives... This is wrong, sad and pathetic that the law does not care about how they have bad cops on their payroll."

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