Mr. Robinson was killed in August of 2016 when he was at his girlfriend’s apartment. The task force involved in the shooting was comprised of officers from numerous jurisdictions. The police officers were attempting to serve a warrant for his arrest at the time. Police authorities stated that they had obtained a warrant in connection with Mr. Robinson’s discharging a firearm at officers during a previous incident.
The complaint was filed on January 10, 2018, in the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division. Among the parties named as defendants are the Clayton County Fire Dept. Medic, the County Sheriff’s Officer, United States Marshals Service Inspector and other unknown police officers.
Tragically, Mr. Robinson’s family stated that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. His family also alleges that at the time of his death, he presented no immediate threat to the armed officers nor anyone else.
The facts of the lawsuit allege that on August 5, 2016, the City of Atlanta and its police department participated with numerous other Sheriff’s Offices and with the United States Marshall’s Service in the venture. As a result of his mental condition, Mr. Robinson had apparently become more unstable and unpredictable and he had not been taking his medication. At approximately 12:30pm, at least seven Task Force members met for the purpose of serving an arrest warrant on Mr. Robinson. Robinson’s mental health history was allegedly discussed during the meetup.
Approximately an hour later, the officers knocked loudly on the front door and then broke it down. The complaint alleges that the officers began “spraying” bullets inside the home with submachine guns and Glock pistols. Mr. Robinson was allegedly struck with 59 bullets. Furthermore, count 27 of the complaint alleges that the police task force then attempted to cover up their actions by altering and manipulating the evidence at the scene. The lawsuit also goes into graphic detail of the alleged abuse that Robinson’s corpse suffered in the moments after his death. The Task force allegedly set off a flash bang grenade, fired two additional bullets into his corpse, handcuffed his lifeless body, and dragged his corpse down the staircase in an effort to manipulate the evidence. The force utilized by the authorities in attempting to execute the arrest warrant upon Mr. Johnson is almost beyond comprehension.
The family claims that the police were not properly trained to execute arrest warrants on people with severe mental illnesses. It was this lack of training that led the officers to use excessive and unreasonable force against Mr. Robinson. The first count in the complaint is a claim for excessive force. Count two is a claim for failure to intervene. Count three is a claim based upon conspiracy. The family is seeking actual and compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and all other monetary relief that the court deems appropriate.