In January 2019, officers Desmond Barney, Lincoln Lampley, and Anthony Fox took George Robinson out of his vehicle, threw him violently against the pavement, and beat him on the chest and the head.
Robinson, a 62-years-old black man, died from encephalic hemorrhage due to head trauma after the encounter.
The officers were seeking suspects in the case of a pastor killing and church robbery when the fatality occurred.
Even if you deny there is a structural problem with police brutality in the United States (which there is), one absolutely cannot deny that this is grossly excessive force being used on a TINY 14-year old. The world is watching. @RanchoCordovaPDhttps://t.co/vjNCLTO53N
Jackson police department imposed an administrative leave on the officers while the internal affairs division and the FBI conducted preliminary inquiries. They returned to service in the Clinton police department.
“These officers did exactly what they are trained to do and used an appropriate level of force,” officers’ attorney Francis Springer said.
According to the NGO Mapping Police Violence, from 2013 to 2019, police killed 41 black people in Mississippi, 38% of all police victims. Southern states have the highest disproportion rate related to non-white deaths.