Footage has been released of the arrest of Ronald Greene, the Black man who passed away after being pursued by Louisiana state troopers.
In May 2019, Greene failed to stop his vehicle after cops attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation. He led them about 30 miles south of the Arkansas state line before his car crashed into a tree. Troopers claimed he died on the way to the hospital as a result of the injuries he endured in the wreck. An autopsy, however, determined he passed away from cardiac arrest.
Given the inconsistencies between cops’ explanation and the findings from the Union Parish coroner, Greene’s family called for the release of body cam footage that captured his last moments.
Authorities denied the request but finally permitted them to watch the “horrific” video in October.
Months later, in March, internal State Police records detailed moments from the video that revealed Greene was assaulted by troopers prior to his death. Footage obtained and released by the Associated Press provides further information about the late man’s encounter with law enforcement.
In the 46-minute clip, Greene admittedly expressed his fear before stepping out of his car. “I’m your brother! I’m scared! I’m scared!” he said as Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth used a stun gun on him. He was then tackled to the ground and placed in a chokehold by a trooper who proceeded to punch him in the face. As he apologized to the officers, another trooper tased him in the butt, cautioning, “Look, you’re going to get it again if you don’t put your fucking hands behind your back!” He obliged, was handcuffed and then dragged by Trooper Kory York.
The video shows Greene moaned for over nine minutes while troopers cleaned their hands and faces with sanitizer wipes. “I hope this guy ain’t got fucking AIDS,” one of the troopers said in the clip. All audio, however, is not clear as it seems an officer cut off his microphone during parts of the footage.
After a couple of minutes, an unresponsive and bloody Green reappeared on the screen and was taken to the ambulance. His mother, Mona Hardin, believes he was murdered. “He didn’t have a chance,” she said. “Ronnie didn’t have a chance. He wasn’t going to live to tell about it.”
Louisiana State Police — who launched a probe 474 days after Greene died — later issued a statement about the released video. The “premature public release of investigative files and video evidence in this case is not authorized and … undermines the investigative process and compromises the fair and impartial outcome,” they said.