A grand jury in Hinds County, Mississippi, indicted three police officers with second-degree murder in the 2019 death of George Robinson, 62.
The document was entered in a local circuit court in August and was recently opened, according to The Mississippi Clarion-Ledger. Desmond Barney, Anthony Fox, and Lincoln Lambie, all of whom had worked for the Jackson Police Department at the time of the accident, reportedly surrendered, and respectively published $ 100,000, $ 250,000 and $ 100,000 in bonds.
Mississippi state pathologist, Sharon Gresham Stewart, said Robinson’s death was a murder in January 2019. Police said officers were looking for killers of a local pastor on Day 13. One of the investigators claimed to have seen Robinson make a “hand in hand deal” with a woman, And there was a lot of money throughout the car, according to JPD. Officials claim Robinson refused orders to leave the car and resisted when the cops tried to get him out.
Robinson had nothing to do with the murder of the pastor. The lawsuit filed by his family stated that he had not committed a crime, had not been subject to valid arrest warrants, and had not been threatened. His friends said that the man had a stroke that slowed his movement.
Owner Ronnie Arnold claimed that an officer said, “Get your boyfriend out of the car,” and Robinson told the police he had suffered a stroke.
“They kidnapped him and threw him on the ground,” said Arnold. Robinson was tied up.
Police said that one of the officers saw “slight scratches” on the man’s face, which they said were due to his resistance on the ground. Robinson has been cited for disobeying an officer and resisting arrest. According to the police account, investigators wanted to check Robinson for injuries, but he said he was fine and wanted to go home. They let him go. Robinson’s family said he drove to a hotel where she was his girlfriend, but he eventually went to the hospital, and died in intensive care on January 15. Cause of death: hidden haemorrhage from strong head trauma.
Prosecutors blame the officers. So is the Robinson family.
“Black people are assaulted by people in blue uniform,” their attorney Dennis Sweet IV said in the Clarion Ledger Report in June 2020. “You can see roots growing all over the country. We have to make sure that we take care of our roots in our soil and these family members so that we can raise the standard of the rest of the country.”
One of the defendants’ lawyers said they were only performing their jobs.
“Investigations are required,” attorney Francis Springer told WLBT. He said, “But they need to be impartial, and they have to be relevant to all the facts, and they should be executed as such.” Our facts will prove that these officers did not do a mistake. They did exactly their job and work and went south from there. “
Jackson Police Home Affairs said it found no wrongdoing, according to the enforcer. The FBI found no civil rights violations. The Jackson Civil Service Commission decided that the officers could return to work. Since Robinson’s death, Barney and Fox have joined the Clinton Police Department.
“As the family of George Robinson, we are delighted that the Jackson Police officers involved in his death have finally been charged with the murder,” they said in a statement obtained by WLBT. “For us, the charges prove that George’s life is important and no one deserves to die the way he did. We are grateful that the attorney general took this action.