JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson’s mayor said he wants a thorough investigation into the death of a resident following social media allegations from the victim’s family that the death was caused by excessive force from a Jackson Police Department officer.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart confirms the man, George Robinson, died the night of Monday, January 14, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
In a 10-minute-long press conference held at JPD headquarters the following Wednesday, Police Chief James Davis addressed the allegations.
Chief Davis said he wanted to tell the public all he knew in the interest of transparency.
According to Davis, the city’s K-9 unit responded to a location on Jones Avenue in Washington Addition Sunday evening while searching for the suspect in the murder of a preacher.
During the search, Robinson was charged with a misdemeanor and given a field release, which is similar to a citation.
While receiving the field release, Robinson sustained an injury to his head.
Coroner Grisham-Stewart confirms that Robinson did suffer head trauma, but couldn’t confirm the cause of death.
Chief Davis says that the officers involved have not been accused of anything at this point, so they have not yet been reprimanded.
The City of Jackson released a statement Tuesday regarding the investigation into Robinson’s death.
This is a developing story and we will continue to update it as more information becomes available.