FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A year after filing a federal lawsuit against officers in her son's death, a mother's quest for justice is one step closer to a resolution.
On Tuesday, the Fulton County District Attorney's Office confirmed that it intends to seek charges regarding the death of Jamarion Robinson. A spokesperson for the D.A.'s office confirmed it notified law enforcement officers it intends to bring a case before a grand jury on Feb. 5, though the office would not specify which officers received notice and what the charges might be.
Robinson, 26, was shot at an East Point apartment in 2016 by a fugitive task force made up of local law enforcement and at least one United States Marshal. Authorities went to his girlfriend’s unit with several warrants for his arrest. Family says when he didn’t answer the door, police broke it down and opened fire.
Robinson’s mother Monteria says authorities used excessive force and then tried covering it up. She filed a federal lawsuit in January 2018.
According to her lawsuit, police knew Jamarion - who had no criminal history - had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had not been taking his medication. When the team knocked on his girlfriend's door and Jamarion failed to answer, they entered and fired sub-machine guns and pistols.
The family questions why police still felt the need to handcuff Jamarion after firing dozens of shots.
D.A. Howard filed a lawsuit of his own at the end of last year, claiming the U.S. Department of Justice failed to provide requested information about the 2016 case.
Over the last two years, 11Alive has been following this story and Monteria Robinson’s journey for answers. In a previous interview she says she never imagined the pain of losing a child.
“I just want to hug him. Tell him I love him. I miss him,” she said.
She doesn’t want what happened to him to happen to anyone else.