Jamarion Robinson, a 26-year-old African American, was shot 76 times while at his girlfriend’s Parkside Camp Creek Luxury Apartments in Atlanta, Georgia on August 5, 2016. Robinson was killed when members of several law enforcement agencies opened fire on him while attempting to serve an arrest warrant. When confronted by police, Robinson allegedly fired a handgun at them two or three times before they opened fire, severing his head and hands and shooting him in the arms, upper and lower torso, thighs, shins, and feet.
Following Robinson’s death, police handcuffed his hands behind his back, dragged his body down the stairs from the second floor of the apartment to the living room on the lower level, and then threw a flash-bang grenade into the room, according to additional information shared by an investigator hired by the family. Robinson’s mother and family continue to advocate for answers, charges, and appropriate consequences in relation to what happened and what could have been avoided.
Jamarion Rashad Robinson was born in Atlanta on April 1, 1990 to Monteria Robinson. Robinson grew up in a military and college-educated family and attended Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Georgia, where he played varsity football. Jamarion was a student at Clark Atlanta University who was about to transfer to Tuskegee University when he died. Robinson, a student athlete at Clark Atlanta University, was named Freshman Player of the Year and aspired to play professional football. Robinson contacted his coach at Tuskegee University a few days before his death to confirm completing the necessary paperwork and to indicate he would see his coach at football camp.
Prior to the arrival of law enforcement agents at Robinson’s girlfriend’s apartment, his mother was interviewed by Atlanta police. She informed the officers that her son had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was not taking his medication on a regular basis. The day of the shooting, Atlanta police served an arrest warrant based on allegations that Robinson had pointed a gun at two other officers the week before.
Robinson’s death sparked outrage, in part because Atlanta police failed to use mental health professionals in his arrest despite their knowledge of his mental health issues. Furthermore, despite the officers’ use of body cameras, none were activated during the confrontation.
Two Atlanta-area police officers were charged with felony murder during the last week of October 2021.