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$75 Million Lawsuit Filed In Death Of Darius Robinson [Graphic]

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A $75 million civil rights lawsuit has been filed in the Caddo County jail death of Darius Robinson. The 41-year-old was killed in April after jailers crushed his windpipe so severely that paramedics could not insert a breathing tube even half an inch down his throat to save his life. By the time the paramedics had arrived, he had no pulse.

The autopsy report rules Robinson’s death a homicide. The guards alleged that Robinson has been behaving bizarrely, eating ants and bible pages off the floor of his cell, and when they intervened, he lunged at them. In the disturbing footage of his death, while he does appear to get up and approach one of the guards, the force at which he lunges hardly seems worth a chokehold, let alone one extreme enough to cause death by asphyxiation.

The lawsuit agrees. A press release from Black Lawyers for Justice calls his death “cruel and preventable,” stating that Robinson was pronounced dead after the jailers went “way too far in restraining Mr. Robinson by using illegal/unconstitutional chokeholds and strangling him to death.”

The press release details how jail supervisor Vicki Richardson, present at the time of his death, ordered Robinson to be “choked out” as Michael Smith dealt the deadly chokehold. “No jailer has the right to be judge, jury and executioner, and deny a prisoner the right to due process a hearing or trial,” states Black Lawyers for Justice attorney Malik Z. Shabazz.

Named in the lawsuit are the Board of County Commissioners for Caddo County, Caddo County Sheriff Lennis Miller, and Caddo County County Jail employees Michael Smith, Vicki Richardson, Bryan Porter and emergency medical personnel Laroyce Fanning and Ryan Warren. The lawsuit states that the emergency medical personnel failed to render adequate medical care.

Back in July, District Attorney Jason Hicks decided not to press charges on anyone involved in Robinson’s death. Both Richardson and Smith are back at work in the jail.

Robinson was arrested for failure to pay child support. At the time of his death he was suffering from mental confusion, unaware where he was and whose clothing he was wearing.

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