Coroner: Suspect who died after police struggle asphyxiated
GRETNA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana coroner says a black suspect who died in a struggle with white police officers last week died of asphyxiation and there was evidence of pressure on his neck.
Gerry Cvitanovich is the coroner in Jefferson Parish, near New Orleans. He told reporters at a news conference Monday that 22-year-old Keeven Robinson's death is classified as a homicide.
Sheriff Joe Lopinto said four deputies involved in the arrest have been read their rights and are cooperating in an investigation that also involves state police and the FBI. Lopinto declined to identify the officers. He confirmed they are white. Robinson was black.
Lopinto said it was too early to conclude whether a choke hold was used. Lopinto said the question for investigators is whether plain-clothes narcotics officers used excessive force.