Crime Photos spark concerns over death of Louisiana Black man following police chase
AP: Feds probing in-custody death of Black man in Louisiana
Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Black man during what Louisiana State Police described as a struggle to take him into custody following a rural police chase last year, officials told The Associated Press. The death of 49-year-old Ronald Greene remains shrouded in secrecy because State Police have declined to release body-camera footage related to the May 2019 chase north of Monroe, Louisiana. Troopers say it began when Greene failed to stop for an unspecified traffic violation.
Photographs showing the bruised face of Ronald Greene, a Black Louisiana man who died in a car crash following a chase involving state troopers, has renewed a call for information and accountability in the case.
The images shared online by Greene’s family this week also show the SUV he was driving when officers started to tail him in Monroe the night of May 10, 2019. Authorities said the 49-year-old failed to stop for an unspecified traffic violation, sparking a chase that culminated in the deadly crash.
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Details surrounding the incident remain mostly unclear as State Police have declined to release any related bodycam footage.
A pair graphic photos — which appear to show apparent bruises and cuts to Greene’s face and scalp — were provided by his family and had previously been shared on their social media. The damage to his vehicle in wake of the crash they noted, seems minor in comparison, sparking speculation of a possible cover up.
Their attorneys said the images were consistent with the injuries identified in an independent autopsy they commissioned, the results of which have not been made public. Portions of it provided to The Associated Press describe “blunt force injuries to the head/face; facial lacerations, abrasions, contusions” and multiple “scalp lacerations.”
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In a wrongful death lawsuit filed last year, his family claimed state troopers “brutalized” Greene and “left him beaten, bloodied and in cardiac arrest" before hiding his actual cause of death.
“These photos are atrocious,” said Eugene Collins, president of the Baton Rouge branch of the NAACP, whoof Greene’s body on his Facebook page.
“We have to believe that, from Day One, the Louisiana State Police were not honest with the public.”
In a single-page police report filed after Greene’s death, police acknowledged that he “was taken into custody after resisting arrest and a struggle with Troopers,” but that he “became unresponsive” and died on the way to a local hospital.
According to a crash report, which alleged Greene was not wearing a seat belt, police said he drove off road to dodge capture and then “struck a shrub/tree next to a private drive." It does not however, mention any use of force by police officers.
Greene’s death is currently under investigation by federal authorities,
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