Let’s review some of the established facts of Mr. Green’s murder case. I’ll give you a play-by-play while you read.
I’ve posted more than half a dozen pieces on Ronald Greene’s murder by Louisiana State Police, and their continuing-but-failed coverup of it. The posts are tagged under “Louisiana” as well as others.
This is a compilation of facts reported by AP and other news agencies. Go here for links to the original news stories by AP and other credible journalists.
- Greene, a barber, failed to pull over for an unspecified traffic violation shortly after midnight on May 10, 2019, about 30 miles south of the Arkansas state line. That’s where the video obtained by AP begins, with Trooper Dakota DeMoss chasing Greene’s SUV on rural highways at over 115 mph.
- Greene, the victim of the homicide by Louisiana State Troopers, tried to evade the troopers in a high speed auto chase. That’s not just stupid. It’s criminally stupid. But it in absolutely no way justifies cops brutalizing and murdering him.
- The 46-minute clip shows one trooper wrestling Greene to the ground, putting him in a chokehold and punching him in the face while another can be heard calling him a “stupid motherf——.”
- Instead of rendering aid, the troopers leave the heavyset man unattended, facedown and moaning for more than nine minutes, as they use sanitizer wipes to wash blood off their hands and faces.
- After a several-minute stretch in which Greene is not seen on camera, he appears again, limp, unresponsive and bleeding from his head and face. He is then loaded onto an ambulance gurney, his arm cuffed to the bedrail.
The fucking pigs turned off their body cameras to finish him off.
- In many parts of the video, Greene is not on screen, and the trooper appears to cut the microphone off about halfway through, making it difficult to piece together exactly what was happening at all times. At least six troopers were on the scene of the arrest but not all had their body cameras on.
- Troopers routinely cut off their body cams to hide misconduct. Cops can’t be trusted with that option, ever. Pure and simple.
- Louisiana State Police declined to comment on the contents of the video. In a statement, the agency said the “premature public release of investigative files and video evidence in this case is not authorized and … undermines the investigative process and compromises the fair and impartial outcome.”
They’ve hidden the crimes for two years and they’d hide the crimes forever if they could. That’s cop culture: corrupt to the core.
- State Police brass initially argued the troopers’ use of force was justified — “awful but lawful,” as ranking officials described it — and did not open an administrative investigation until 474 days after Greene’s death.
Cover-up, excuses, and PR Pablum for the masses. Same old same old: corrupt cops, devoid of morality, protected by laws that they paid for, brick by brick, for the past hundred years. This is the criminal-industrial complex, hard at work.
- York was suspended without pay for 50 hours for the dragging and for improperly deactivating his body camera. York told investigators the device was beeping loudly and his “mind was on other things.”
Just a suspension: the criminal-industrial complex protects its own. Improperly deactivating his body camera: Trooper York committed a cover-up of his crimes, and all the brass did was take away his donut for the morning coffee. That’s cop culture: corrupt from top to bottom.
- Hollingsworth, in a separate recording obtained by AP, can be heard telling a colleague at the office that “he beat the ever-living f— out of” Greene.
Hollingsworth later died in a single-vehicle highway crash that happened hours after he learned he would be fired for his role in the Greene case.
My vote: wadda shame. Couldn’ta happened to a better guy.
- DeMoss, meanwhile, was arrested in connection with a separate police pursuit last year in which he and two other troopers allegedly used excessive force while handcuffing a motorist.
- Exactly what caused Greene’s death remains unclear. Union Parish Coroner Renee Smith told AP last year his death was ruled accidental and attributed to cardiac arrest. Smith, who was not in office when that determination was made, said her office’s file on Greene attributed his death to a car crash and made no mention of a struggle with State Police.
- The AP last year also obtained a medical report showing an emergency room doctor noted Greene arrived dead at the hospital, bruised and bloodied with two stun-gun prongs in his back. That led the doctor to question troopers’ initial account that Greene had “died on impact” after crashing into a tree.
- “Does not add up,” the doctor wrote.
Troopers lied in their initial account to the ER doctors. Cops lie. Routinely.