Ronald Greene spent his last moments being kicked, dragged “over his stomach by leg chains” and repeatedly cursed by a Louisiana State Police soldier who was suspended without notice. salary, according to internal bomb archives obtained by the Associated Press.
Greene, a 49-year-old black barber, died in a high-speed police chase near Monroe in May 2019. Police initially claimed Greene crashed and was “dead on impact “, Then told an emergency room doctor that he was” involved in a struggle with [police] where he was assigned three times.
But Greene was actually beaten to a pulp and still had two Taser probes stuck in his back when he arrived at the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a medical report. His injuries led Greene’s doctor and family to be skeptical of the events leading up to his death.
Now, in State Police’s first acknowledgment that Greene was mistreated while in custody, it emerged that Master Trooper Kory York was suspended without pay for 50 hours following an internal investigation.
York turned off his own body camera on his way to the scene, but another soldier, Chris Hollingsworth, had his. Police refused to release the footage, but it reportedly showed York dragging Greene across the floor and cursing him.
“You’re going to lie on your fucking stomach like I told you,” York said, according to police records obtained by AP.
York told investigators her body camera was beeping and her “mind was on something else” beyond making sure it was on.
York looked like why he was suspended on December 29. State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis told York the punishment was determined by the former boss and if he was responsible for the decision, York would have faced “discipline. more severe ”according to internal archives cited by AP.
“It is now undisputed that Private York participated in the brutal assault that claimed the life of Ronald Greene,” Greene’s family lawyer Mark Maguire told AP. “This suspension is a start, but it does not come close to the full transparency and accountability that the family continues to seek.”
Maguire was not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Daily Beast on Saturday.
In October, a 27-second audio clip of Hollingsworth’s body camera was also obtained by AP. In it, Hollingsworth was taken to the mic saying he “beat the fucking still alive” Greene.
“We finally handcuffed him when a third man got in there, and the son of a bitch was still fighting him, still wrestling with him trying to hold him down,” Hollingsworth can be heard saying. “He was coughing up blood all over the place and all of a sudden he got limp.
In shock, Hollingsworth died in a car crash in September shortly after finding out he had been fired for his role in Greene’s arrest.
In mid-October, Greene’s family members were finally allowed to view the 30-minute body camera “graphics” of his death.
Civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt described it as “very difficult to watch” and compared its nature to videos of black men George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery dying.
“This family has been lied to all the time about what happened,” Merritt said. “Ronald immediately went to his first contact with the police. When the vehicle stopped, he raised his hands and said, “I’m sorry. His last words were: ‘I’m sorry.’ “
While it was deemed acceptable for Greene’s family to view the footage, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said state and federal prosecutors believed it “would be damaging for this video to be made public. when in fact it is evidence that they are considering. “
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