Louisiana U.S. state police have released images showing the violent arrest two years ago of a black man who was dragged from his car, chained and beaten, renewing requests to end police violence against blacks in the United States.
The Associated Press news agency earlier this week released previously unseen camera footage showing Louisiana State soldiers stunning, pierced and dragging Ronald Greene as he apologized for leading them in a high-speed chase.
The May 2019 arrest outside Monroe, Louisiana, is the subject of a federal civil rights investigation.
Greene’s case has been surrounded by secrecy and cover-up allegations, as Louisiana officials previously rejected repeated calls to release images and details about what caused the 49-year-old’s death.
Police had initially said Greene had died after hitting a tree during the chase. Later, they said Greene fought with the soldiers and died on the way to the hospital.
The latest revelations in Greene’s case come just days before the first anniversary of his assassination George Floyd, who was detained for about nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and whose death sparked a nationwide protest movement.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin was condemned of Floyd’s murder in a much-seen trial last month – a verdict that was hailed as a major step forward in the fight for racial justice in the US.
Greene, who was beaten and chained by officers, tried desperately to shoot, but was ordered to stay in his stomach, according to the 2019 arrest video.
“IT’S OK, IT’S OK. I’m sorry. I’m scared. Officer, I’m scared, I’m your brother, I’m scared,” Greene says as at least two soldiers try to drag him out of the vehicle, CNN reported.
One soldier threw him to the ground, placed him in a hold, and punched him, while another dragged him with handcuffs to his ankles. He was given homework again while lying on the floor with handcuffs.
“There are no words about how crazy I am,” Greene’s mother, Mona Hardin, told CNN. “I am disgusted. They liked torturing my son. “
A secret, long-secret, also recently secured autopsy report cited Greene’s head injuries and how he was detained as factors in his death in 2019, the AP said. He was also noted to have high levels of cocaine and alcohol, as well as a broken sternum and a torn aorta.
“I always made a living *** of him, I’ve drowned him and everything he tries to get him under control,” soldier Chris Hollingsworth can be heard saying to a fellow officer of the newly obtained video batch. “Suddenly, he got lame … I thought he was dead.”
Alan Fisher of Al Jazeera, a Washington, DC reporter, said the Greene family has accused Louisiana authorities of a cover-up.
“The family was told that Ronald Greene died in a car accident. What we can clearly see in the video is that this is simply not the case, ”said Fisher.
“He was arrested because of what the police say was a traffic violation. He raised a hand, complied with police officers, although they still apprehended him, dragged him out of the car, arrested him violently, and at one point, even with his feet tied, was dragged. by the police.
“Now, while he was lying on the ground … he was complaining and complaining. But the police there ignored him for nine minutes. When the doctors arrived, they found that he was not responding and within minutes of arriving at the hospital he was pronounced dead, ”Fisher said.
The family, as well as American civil rights groups, have demanded accountability for what happened.
“For two years, the Louisiana State Police refused to release this material, and now we know why,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Louisiana released Friday.
“We need the accountability of these officers, the federal oversight of the Louisiana State Police, and the transformative police reforms.”
For two years, Louisiana state police refused to release this material, and now we know why.
We need accountability for these agents, federal oversight of the Louisiana State Police, and transformative police reforms.https://t.co/vD9yhXCYsk
– ACLU of Louisiana (@ACLUofLouisiana) May 21, 2021