When a coroner's report showed that a suspect in custody of Jefferson Parish officers had died by asphyxiation, the sheriff's office responded promptly and correctly in classifying the death of Keeven Robinson as a homicide.
The investigation by Sheriff Joe Lopinto's office was prompted by report from the coroner, Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich. Four narcotics agents have been placed on desk duty as investigators try to determine whether they used excessive force in the arrest of the 22-year-old.
Louisiana State Police and the FBI's Civil Rights Task Force will assist, said Lopinto, whose quickness in responding to the incident is an impressive display of leadership from the new sheriff.
This reflects the kind of responsiveness and willingness to act, even when officers are involved, that folks in Baton Rouge can appreciate given the long drawn-out drama of the Alton Sterling case from 2016.
An honest and dispassionate assessment of the office's actions is in the interest of Jefferson Parish law enforcement and the larger community.
The president of the Jefferson Parish branch of the state NAACP called Tuesday for anyone with information about the police killing of 22-year…