Newly released videos show the sequence of events that led to the death of Ronald Greene, a Black man, in Louisiana in 2019, offering a graphic account of an encounter with the state police that has drawn fresh attention this week.
Louisiana State Police (LSP) released the footage – nine body camera and dash camera videos – on Friday after portions of at least two videos were reported on by the Associated Press this week. Greene’s death has been under investigation for two years.
The footage comes from cameras that were used by Lt. John Clary, Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, Trooper Kory York and Trooper Dakota DeMoss, who are White.
Greene’s family said they were told by LSP that Greene died in a car crash, but the videos tell a different story of what happened on the night of May 10, 2019, near the city of Monroe.
According to the LSP’s initial report of Greene’s death, Greene led troopers on a vehicle chase and then crashed his vehicle outside Monroe. Troopers had tried to pull him over for a traffic violation in Monroe, a separate LSP crash report states.
Following the crash, Greene was taken into custody after “resisting arrest and a struggle with Troopers,” and a short time later he became unresponsive, LSP’s report on his death said. Greene died while en route to a hospital, according to that report.
But the videos offer a more detailed account of the encounter, with footage showing parts of the car chase as well as the four-minute sequence between when police open Greene’s car and when he’s handcuffed on the ground.
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The cameras provide audio of the tense radio transmissions describing the moments in the chase. At no point in any of the videos released are there images of Greene’s car as he’s fleeing from police.
The attempts to pull Greene from his vehicle can be seen and heard on DeMoss’ camera.
“OK, OK, OK officer – Lord Jesus,” can be heard and a Taser can be seen going off while Greene is still in the car.
“OK, OK. I’m sorry. I’m scared. Officer, I’m scared, I’m your brother, I’m scared,” Greene says as at least two troopers attempt to drag him out of the vehicle.
At one point from DeMoss’ camera, a trooper says, “He’s bigger than me, He’s bigger than me” as Greene and a trooper wrestle on the ground.
The camera goes on to show a struggle as officers attempt to handcuff Greene. A trooper appears to put Greene in a chokehold as they wrestle on the ground, and Greene lies there while another trooper continues to tase him as he’s restrained by the other trooper.
Greene wails as he lies face down on the ground while one trooper sits on top of him, pressing his hand onto the back of Greene’s neck and punching him in the face, the video shows. Another trooper tries to handcuff him and punches his lower back, according to the footage.
Almost four minutes elapse from the moment troopers open Greene’s car door until he is fully handcuffed, as seen in the footage. Taser prongs can be seen embedded in Greene’s skin as his shirt lifts up while troopers curse and wrestle to pull his arms behind his back.
The troopers appear to stop beat