TWO years after his death, bodycam footage of the deadly arrest of Ronald Greene by Louisiana state troopers has come to light.
The footage of Greene’s arrest was obtained by the Associated Press two years after authorities refused to release it.
Ronald Greene was tragically killed while being detained by Louisiana state troopers in May 2019[/caption]
Who is Ronald Greene and how did he die?
In May 2019, Greene led Louisiana state troopers on a high-speed chase.
At the time of his fatal arrest, state troopers initially reported that Greene, 49, committed a traffic violation and then crashed his car into a tree during the chase.
Later, State Police released a one-page statement acknowledging that Greene had struggled with troopers and died on his way to the hospital but did not go into any detail about the altercation.
However, Greene’s family accused state troopers of brutalizing him and using excessive force when they took him into custody.
Newly released bodycam footage shows the final moments of Greene’s life the night of the incident[/caption]
At the time of his death, Greene’s family released photographs showing his face cut up and badly bruised, as well as pictures of his car, which appeared to have little damage.
Greene’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court, alleging that the troopers brutalized their family member by using a stun gun three times, beating him and causing him to have a cardiac arrest.
The family is also accusing the agency of covering up Greene’s cause of death.
What did the newly release bodycam footage of Greene’s arrest show?
Newly released bodycam footage obtained by the AP shows the moments leading up to his death on a dark roadside outside of Monroe, Louisiana, following a high-speed chase.
The video shows Greene being stunned, punched and dragged by his ankle cuffs as he apologizes for leading officers on the chase.
“I’m your brother! I’m scared! I’m scared!” Greene, who was unarmed, can be heard telling the white troopers.
Images from the newly released bodycam footage show Ronald Greene sitting on the floor with what appears to be blood on his face[/caption]
Before Greene even gets out of his car he is repeatedly jolted with a stun gun, the video shows.
The 46 minutes of footage released shows one trooper wrestling Greene to the ground, putting him in a chokehold and punching him in the face.
Another trooper can be heard calling him a “stupid motherf*****”.
As Greene cries out “I’m sorry!” another trooper shocks him again with the stun gun and warns him he will do it again “if you don’t put your f****** hands behind your back!”
One trooper briefly drags him across the ground facedown after his legs have been shackled and his hands cuffed behind his back.
He is then left lying on his front for nine minutes, moaning.
The troopers then use sanitizer wipes to remove his blood from their hands and faces, with one heard saying: “I hope this guy ain’t got f****** AIDS.”
Bodycam footage shows a state trooper with his foot on Greene’s shoulder[/caption]
Several minutes pass without Greene on camera before he appears limp and unresponsive, bleeding from his head and face, before being put on an ambulance gurney and cuffed to the side rail.
There were six troopers at the scene of the arrest, but not all had their body cameras on and the microphone cuts out at times making it unclear what is happening when Greene is offscreen.
One state trooper involved in Greene’s arrest, Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, died in a car crash in September 2020.
Hollingsworth was hospitalized after a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 near Monroe on Monday, September 21, 2020.
Hollingsworth’s death came hours after he learned he would be fired in connection to an internal investigation into the death of Greene.
What did Greene’s mother say about the newly released footage?
“They murdered him. It was set out, it was planned,” Greene’s mother, Mona Hardin. said on May 19.
Ronald Greene’s mother, Mona Hardin [green], chimed in on the newly released footage[/caption]
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“He didn’t have a chance. Ronnie didn’t have a chance. He wasn’t going to live to tell about it.”
An attorney for Greene’s family, Lee Merritt, said the footage “has some of the same hallmarks of the George Floyd video, the length of it, the sheer brutality of it.”
“He apologized in an attempt to surrender,” Merritt said.