Thursday, at the scene of the killing, Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said there was “no indication” that deputies had choked Robinson. He even pointed out Robinson’s history of asthma and that air quality was poor. “It appears to be probably asthma-related,” he said, obviously mistaken.
Cvitanovich noted that it would be up to police and prosecutors to determine if a crime had been committed.
Gaylor Spiller, president of the NAACP’s Jefferson Parish chapter, was pleased at the sheriff’s quick response to the autopsy results.
“I find him to be a decent, honorable sheriff,” Spiller said. “He has not let me down yet and I don’t feel like he will let me down now. The NAACP is not behind criminal actions, we do not represent criminals. You do the crime, you do the time. But one thing we will not stand for is the killing of an individual.”
The sheriff’s department does not use body cameras or dash cameras, so no video will be available from the authorities.