Louisiana State Police release all footage related to Ronald Greene's violent arrest

James Marshall
May 25, 2021

"He was spitting blood everywhere, and all of a sudden he just went limp".

Federal authorities opened an investigation of the death in September.

Greene, of West Monroe, Louisiana, led police on a high-speed chase after midnight of May 10, 2019, and crashed his auto before being taken into custody, police said.

The latest controversy over a police-involved death began on May 10, 2019 when police in northern Louisiana tried to stop a auto driven by Ronald Greene, a 49-year-old barber, for what they said was an unspecified traffic violation. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, in an about-face, said he "strongly supported" the release, calling the video "disturbing and hard to watch".

The AP said the video it had obtained shows troopers, all of them white, opening Greene's auto, jolting him with a stun gun as he screams "I'm sorry" and "I'm afraid".

"What should happen", said Haley, "Is everyone that put their hands on Ronnie Greene should be arrested". At one point, troopers wiped Greene's blood off their hands and faces. Lay on your belly!

Trooper Kory York is allegedly seen briefly dragging Greene. "I'm scared!" Greene tells the officers.

Police-involved deaths have received intense scrutiny since the death a year ago of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The state police released body-camera footage of the deadly arrest Friday.

On Friday, Davis offered his "sincere condolences" to Greene's family and said the department has and will continue to make "significant change".

"The officers who are subject to these investigations are afforded due process", Davis said.

"You have my commitment that we will follow the facts and hold our personnel accountable", Davis said.

Only later did Louisiana state police acknowledge that they had used force during the arrest, which they said was justified. Mona Hardin said. "They allow us to suffer". It said an independent autopsy had found severe head injuries that were inconsistent with a vehicle crash.

As they wrestle him to the ground, one officer is heard calling Greene a "stupid motherf---". One of the officers tells him, "Yeah, yeah, that s-- hurts, doesn't it?" "OK, I'm sorry. I'm sorry". According to the video released by the Associated Press, Greene apologized to officers as they approach his vehicle. DeMoss was arrested earlier this year over an alleged separate use of force complaint from earlier this year. "There has to be some threat".

The new video, recorded on Lt. John Clary's body camera, remained under wraps for months even within State Police but was recently turned over to the FBI as part of its investigation, according to three law enforcement officials. Yet nobody appears to be giving Greene oxygen.

The attorney for Davis's family, Lee Merritt, said that he doesn't understand why it's taken two years for the family to get answers. Troopers initially told his family he died on impact after crashing into a tree. He died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital, police said.

That secrecy extended to the autopsy, which pathologists said was hindered by the State Police's failure to provide even the most routine documents relating to Greene's arrest, including police reports, collision details or emergency medical records. Later, > a class="Link" href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/20/us/ronald-greene-video-louisiana-police-death/index.html" target="_blank" *CNN says a preliminary investigative report indicated that Greene died during a struggle while resisting an officer's orders. "What I saw was that he was not meant to leave alive".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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