BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– A Baton Rouge family is looking for answers after the autopsy report for Dontrunner Robinson became available to them eight years later.
Ronald Haley says he is representing the family in a wrongful death lawsuit. “Someone is dead because of the actions in the hands and the inactions of those officers that conducted this no-knock warrant on Mr. Robinson,” said Haley.
A 2013 Baton Rouge Police Report states that officers conducted a search warrant at the Flag Street home. The report says Robinson complained of difficulty breathing, and when EMS arrived, they could not clear his airway.
The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner ruled the death as asphyxiation.
But Haley says the autopsy photos tell a different story. The images are too graphic to show but depict “blunt force injuries of facial region of head, of neck, and shoulders, and chest, and lof left arm, and left leg,” according to the forensic pathologist’s report.
“In my opinion, it’s a cover-up. Dontrunner Robinson did not just die because he had a bag of coke that got caught in his throat. He died as a result of being beaten,” said Haley.
The Baton Rouge NAACP released a statement Monday evening.
“It is disgusting and discouraging that this has been disregarded by prior administrations. It is also disappointing that we are yet again here for what some call just “one bad apple.” The BRPD Narcotics Unit is a tree of bad apples that is rotten to its core, and its poison has created a culture where it is not only acceptable but encouraged to target and terrorize Black and Brown communities. We are demanding accountability and justice from the criminal justice system. We want justice for Mr. Robinson’s children, his widow, and his mother. We also want justice for the countless others who are still waiting for their stories to be told.”
Chrystal Ellis with the NAACP says they believe that Robinson had a history with one of the officers involved in the 2013 incident. “In 2012, he has a physical altercation with officer white,” said Ellis. Robinson was not charged with resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer in that case. “That leads to a cause for concern that this was a personal agenda,” said Ellis.
The NAACP plans to hold rallies downtown until the family receives justice. “Our city and local business owners have just suffered the severity of a huge financial impact during the pandemic. They cannot afford for us to disrupt business every Friday evening but I can assure you we will be out there every Friday evening until we get the results we are looking for,” said Ellis.
We reached out to BRPD for comment, but because it occurred under a different police chief, they cannot comment or reopen the case unless new evidence becomes available.
The family’s attorney and NAACP are now reaching out to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney. “We believe that is a positive first step, we’re seeking an indictment in this case so we’re going to march until we get some resolution on it,” said Baton Rouge NAACP President Eugen Collins