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La. state police release new Ronald Greene body cam video, investigation timeline, disciplinary findings

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Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 6:38 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police held a press conference on Friday, May 21, in which they responded to the Associated Press obtaining and leaking parts of body cam video depicting the arrest of Ronald Greene.

According to Lamar Davis, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, all the body cam videos will be released to the public. Davis stressed how he was working hard to show transparency about the case when the time was right. He also said that misconduct of any form would not be tolerated with the department. Davis took over the agency’s leadership role in late 2020. Greene died in May of 2019 after an encounter with police in northeast Louisiana.

You can find links to the body cam videos released on Friday below.

The following is verbatim from Louisiana State Police. Additional formatting has been added.

Body cam video can be obtained from the LSP YouTube page using the following links:

· Lt. Clary Body Worn Camera

· Lt. Clary In-car Camera: https://youtu.be/icFO2qvjE0s

· Trooper Hollingsworth Body Worn Camera

· Trooper York Body Worn Camera: https://youtu.be/ZbPWcB9bkr8

· Trooper York In-Car Camera: https://youtu.be/ndfEElygshc

· Trooper DeMoss Body Worn Camera: https://youtu.be/BexYcAwQx70

Ronald Greene In-Custody Death Investigative Timeline:

  • 05/10/19 - 0045 Troop F Commander notified of Troop F pursuit/confrontation with Greene
  • 05/10/19 - 0122 Troop F Commander notified of Greene’s passing, responds along with Bureau of Investigations (BOI)
  • 05/10/19 - 0241 BOI Commander confirms that LSP Criminal Investigations Division Monroe Field Office (CID-Monroe) is enroute to investigate
  • 05/10/19 - 0544 Troop F Commander posts Command Duty Journal entry
  • 05/10/19 - KNOE, KTVE, Monroe News Star post stories citing LSP as source noting pursuit, struggle, and death
  • 05/10/19 - CID-Monroe immediately commences investigation
  • 08/20/19 - CID-Monroe submits case to the Lincoln Parish DA
  • 09/09/19 - CID-Monroe follows up with DA, nothing further needed
  • 02/20/20 - CID-Monroe provides case file to DOJ/FBI
  • August of 2020 - Lincoln DA finishes LSP case review; however, he reserves right to revisit pending DOJ review therefore case remains open
  • 08/25/20 - Appointing Authority directs Internal Affairs to begin Admin Investigation into Use of Force

Disciplinary Findings:

Hollingsworth

Trooper Hollingsworth sustained on the below violations with final disciplinary decision of Termination

  • 1.Body-Worn Camera and In-Car Camera Systems
  • 2.Use of Force
  • 3.Unsatisfactory Performance
  • 4.Conduct Unbecoming an Officer
  • 5.Lawful Orders

Prior to Termination, Hollingsworth succumbs to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash

DeMoss

Trooper DeMoss sustained on the below violations and received a Letter of Counseling and Letter of Reprimand:

  • 1. Courtesy
  • 2. Body Worn Camera/In-Car Camera Systems

Trooper DeMoss has been notified of the Department’s intent to terminate and remains on leave pending the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings related to a separate excessive use of force investigation.  These actions are in compliance with the rules of the State Police Commission.

York

Trooper York sustained the below violations and received a 50-hour suspension:

  • 1. Treatment of Prisoners in Custody
  • 2. Body Worn Camera/In-Car Camera System Activation

Trooper York served his suspension and returned to active duty pending the outcome of the review by federal and state authorities.

End verbatim from Louisiana State Police.

Following Davis’ announcement on Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement:

“Today, Louisiana State Police released all of the video footage in its possession from the arrest of Ronald Greene, a move which I strongly support. This was done in consultation with both the U.S. Attorney’s office and District Attorney John Belton in Union Parish. As I’ve said before, I found the full video of Mr. Greene’s arrest, which I reviewed last year, to be disturbing and difficult to watch. After I met with Ronald Greene’s family on October 14 of last year, they were given the opportunity to see all of the videos, and I know it was difficult and heartbreaking for them to watch the last moments of Mr. Greene’s life.

“I am fully supportive of Louisiana State Police Col. Lamar Davis, who became the head of LSP last October, and have confidence in his ability to not only lead, but transform the agency. While the federal and state criminal investigations into this matter are ongoing, Col. Davis continues to work to improve the department so all Louisianans can have confidence in those who swore an oath to protect and serve them.”

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