On August 5, 2016, US Marshals came to the Georgia home of Jamarion Robinson’s girlfriend. Robinson was suspected of opening fire on a police officer a week prior. When the Marshals left the home where Robinson, a Tuskegee University Biology student was staying, he had been shot 76 times by cops.
Authorities said Robinson began shooting at the police after they approached the home at Parkside at Creek Camp apartment complex, according to WSB-TV. A different account by Fox 5 Atlanta reports that authorities said Robinson had a gun in his hand, but didn’t mention anything about Robinson opening fire. In a Facebook video of the incident that was released to WSB-TV Atlanta, you can hear cops tell Robinson to drop his gun before entering the house.
The witness who recorded the Facebook video told WSB that a dozen patrol cars were outside of the residence. What the witness doesn’t know is whether the shooting originated on Robinson’s end or the cops.
“I guess they returned fire because there was a lot of firepower going on through the door,” he told the station. “Outside. I don’t know. Through windows. I don’t know what they were shooting towards or if that was just simply him shooting.”
In an interview following the shooting Robinson’s grandmother, Beverly Nixon, told the outlet that her grandson was bipolar and schizophrenic.
“He told me last night that he was seeing things and he heard things,” Nixon said of the night prior to the shooting. “He kept saying something was trying to kill him.”
A year later and the family still doesn’t know what warranted his brutal death. The Robinson and Nixon families told Fox 5 Atlanta they believe he was only sought out by cops because he was mistaken for someone else.
In an interview with Rolling Out, Robinson’s mother Monteria Robinson said the family has yet to get answers. Ms. Robinson said the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office have yet to get back to her about the shooting. She’s also still baffled by the absence of body cameras during the incident, particularly since federal agents were on the scene.
Her family has since been receiving the help of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm in seeking justice.
“We’re demanding justice,” Robinson said at a rally for her son on Friday. “I want to know why 76 bullets entered my son’s body. We’re at his one-year anniversary and we still have no answers.”
Robinson’s mother said the last time she spoke to her son he was talking about college registration. He was transferring to Tuskegee from Clark Atlanta University.
“The last thing he texted me was on August 3, 2017, where he said, ‘Hey, mom, I just finished the registration for Tuskegee University,’ which would have been for his last semester ,” she said.
Ms. Robinson, a single mother, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to support herself and her other son while seeking justice. In a year she’s only raised $6,200 of her $100,000 goal.
The family’s lawyer, Mawuli Davis, told the Atlantic Journal Constitution that the lack of transparency is unacceptable.
“The federal Marshal Service has not complied with their request to turn over information, to make their officers available to be interviewed,” Davis told the news station. “So, without that, the investigation is incomplete.”