BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Eight years after an incident tragically left one young man dead in his home, his family is seeking answers.
The case is currently closed, however, attorneys for the family of Dontrunner Robinson and the NAACP requested the case to be reopened.
“I wait eight long years. I’m seeking justice,” said Casa Bean, mother of Dontrunner Robinson.
Casa Bean’s son Dontrunner Robinson died during a police raid in 2013. Baton Rouge Police said he died after allegedly swallowing a bag of crack cocaine, but the family says that’s not the case.
“There was a laceration on his forehead and cheek with no other forms of trauma at the hospital. From the photos that it took you eight years to release, we can clearly see there were other forms of trauma,” said Baton Rouge NAACP President Eugene Collins.
The family is calling for justice.
“We’re asking that the U.S. Attorney’s office, open up an investigation on this. We are asking that the district attorney’s office reopen the investigation on this and allow Ms. Casa Bean to seek the justice that she still requires,” said Haley & Associates Attorney Ryan Beaulieu.
“We have more evidence that will be shown to let us know that there should be some persons with uniforms brought to justice,” said NAACP State Conference President Mike McClanahan.
One piece of evidence is video from home surveillance cameras. The family only gained access after a court order.
“‘What happened to the video? Was it deleted when it got to you?’ I asked because an engineer that we sent the box to start to recover deleted files. Broken frame files were found on the hard drive you said to USA Today, was empty,” said Collins.
The family’s attorneys said in a statement:
“There is no statute of limitations on the truth. Eight (8) years after the death of Casa Bean’s
son, Dontrunner Robinson, she entrusted our offices and the NAACP to find out what really
happened. This week our efforts have uncovered a large part of the truth that has been so elusive
to the Robinson family.
Once retained, we learned of possible audio/video footage taken from Mr. Robinson’s
home surveillance system that would corroborate the savage beating illustrated in Robinson’s
graphic autopsy photographs. Efforts were made by contacting the Baton Rouge Police
Department, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the East Baton Rouge Parish District
Attorney’s Office to obtain the hard-drive that was seized from Mr. Robinson’s residence the day
of his death. “
The family said they want to pick up where investigators left off.
BRProud reached out to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and said the following:
“Our office is unable to comment on this matter. “