More video of a fatal 2019 encounter of a Black man with police in Louisiana was released by authorities late Friday, and two state troopers were notified that they will be fired, in the fallout of a lethal traffic stop.
"Today, Louisiana State Police released all of the video footage in its possession from the arrest of Ronald Greene, a move which I strongly support". The Associated Press released the body-camera footage of the May 10, 2019, arrest, which happened after Greene led troopers on a high-speed chase that topped 100 miles per hour. "There was no regard for humanity". "It's a mistake because he can't breathe". An autopsy report obtained by CNN was uncertain about the cause of death, but said lacerations of Greene's head were "most consistent with multiple impacts from a blunt object".
State police police colonel Lamar Davis, who was not in charge at the time of Green's death, did not comment on the actions of the soldiers involved, or whether he believed they should be prosecuted.
Use-of-force experts say the most unsafe and troubling parts of the arrest came after the struggle, when officers left the heavyset Greene facedown on the ground with his hands and feet restrained for more than nine minutes. But he said he'd spoken with Greene's family and offered his condolences: "I can feel their pain and feel it in my heart".
He was also dragged across the ground by shackled feet, and stunned with tasers as he cried, "I'm scared". One of the officers tells him, "Yeah, yeah, that s-- hurts, doesn't it?" "Oh, Lord!" Greene screams out. "Okay, I'm sorry. I'm sorry". Footage of this is not in any of the videos posted by the AP. Previously unpublished use of force documents indicate that pepper spray was used in the arrest.
Minutes after Greene's outburst, he begins to moan and make gurgling noises as two troopers keep holding him down. A preliminary investigative report later announced that he died after resisting and struggling with law enforcement. They were not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Yet nobody appears to be giving Greene oxygen.
The newly-released bodycam footage shows a high-speed chase and Louisiana state troopers punching motorist Ronald Greene when he was already in handcuffs.
The officers' treatment of Greene has been described as "torture" and "sadistic" by a former police officer and a use-of-force expert.
One of three troopers named in the family's suit was suspended but returned to duty; another died in a vehicle crash just hours, the AP said, after he was told he was being fired in connection with the Greene case; and a third was arrested in February in a separate case involving excessive force. As I've said before, I found the full video of Mr. Greene's arrest, which I reviewed a year ago, to be disturbing and hard to watch.
Of the troopers involved, DaKota DeMoss was notified that the department intends to fire him and remains on leave pending another excessive use of force case, police said. "They intentionally thwarted the facts of this case to be truly revealed".