Newly Released Footage Shows Louisiana Troopers Abusing Black Man

Ronald Greene, who died in 2019 after an altercation with Louisiana State Police, was seen being tased, dragged, and kicked in newly released body camera footage. It was previously reported by Louisiana law enforcement that Greene died following a police pursuit in reference to an unspecified traffic violation that ended in his car accident.

"Greene was taken into custody after resisting arrest and a struggle with Troopers," the report said. "A short time later Greene became unresponsive and was transported to Glenwood Medical Center by Pafford Medical Service."

The footage, posted by the Associated Press and totaling two minutes in length in comparison to the actual 46 minute long altercation, shows an officer approaching Green's vehicle with a weapon drawn, stating "Let me see your f**king hands motherf**ker," to which Greene replied, "Okay. Okay. I'm sorry. I'm scared. Officer, I'm scared, I'm your brother, I'm scared." Greene was then repeatedly tased and put in handcuffs while officers are heard joking about the blood on their hands.

The initial report of the killing did not include details regarding the officers' forceful and unnecessary violence against Greene during the pursuit. The Louisiana State Patrol stated that it did not release the footage and is currently unable to release further information regarding the incident under direction by investigating agencies.

Following the initial incident, two officers were reprimanded for not following procedures with regards to their body-worn cameras. One of them was placed on administrative leave while the other received a 50-hour suspension. The third officer died in a car accident in September. The US Department of Justice and its Civil Rights Division is currently investigating the event.

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