JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - George Robinson, a 61-year-old black man, died Monday, January 14, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, according to Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart.
Grisham-Stewart later said autopsy results showed Robinson died of a subdural hemmorage caused by blunt force trauma he sustained the day before.
Jackson Police Chief James Davis told reporters the city’s K-9 unit responded to a location on Jones Avenue while searching for the gunman wanted for killing Anthony Longino days earlier.
During the search, Davis said Robinson was charged with an unspecified misdemeanor and given a field release, which is similar to a citation.
At some point between police arriving and Robinson receiving the citation, he received an injury to his forehead, the extent of which has not been released.
Witnesses claimed officers repeatedly hit Robinson with a flashlight and body slammed the man.
The victim’s family maintains that excessive force from JPD officers led to his death.
Once Robinson’s death was officially ruled a homicide, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said the officers involved in Robinson’s arrest were immediately placed on administrative leave.