Jackson police investigate death of man shortly after arrest

Published 5:56 am Thursday, January 17, 2019

JACKSON — Officers at a Mississippi police department are accused of fatally injuring a man while taking him into custody.

Jackson Police Chief James Davis told news outlets on Wednesday that allegations shared online have prompted the department to investigate the death of George Robinson. Davis says Robinson was arrested Sunday night on a misdemeanor charge and released, with the expectation that he would return to court. He later died. It’s unclear what charge he was arrested on.

Davis says Robinson was arrested while officers were searching for suspects in the fatal shooting of an area pastor. He declined to specify how many officers were involved or release their identities. He says no official complaints have been filed, so the involved officers won’t be placed on leave during the investigation.

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