Investigation launched after citizen dies following incident with Jackson police

Coroner confirms the man did suffer a head injury, but couldn’t confirm the cause of death.
(Source: WLBT)
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Updated: Jan. 22, 2019 at 2:23 PM CST
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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.

The City of Jackson has been made aware of the death of a citizen after a field release arrest made by JPD. While no one has come forward and no complaint has been made at this time, we believe that the circumstances are serious enough to warrant a thorough investigation.

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.

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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.

The investigation into the death of George Robinson is still underway. At this time, the City of Jackson is still awaiting the results of the autopsy report. We will communicate the progress of this investigation once more information becomes available.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update it as more information becomes available.

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