New video shows Louisiana state troopers stunned, beat and choked Greene, a Black man, after a car chase and crash in 2019.
Louisiana State Police troopers involved in the violent arrest of a Black driver who died in police custody 2019 should be fired and detained, leaders of the National Urban League and other civil rights groups said Thursday.
Marc Morial, the president of the National Urban League and a former mayor of New Orleans, discussed the arrest and departure of Ronald Greene in a morning news conference with other state and local civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.
“Mr Greene was killed by these state troopers,” Morial said after reviewing an Associated Press video report that contained an interview with an expert on police use of force. “After seeing that video, no reasonable person could come to any other conclusion other than a crime has been committed by Louisiana state troopers.”
Civil rights lawyer Ron Haley added,”Make no mistake: Ron Greene was murdered at the hands of Louisiana State Police.”
Tomorrow I’m linking Ronald Greene’s household & attorneys alongside other national listeners to require that the ALL that the cops involved in this Black mans death are arrested, fired, billed in his death.
Meet us in the state capital at 3p! This was murder, they beat a man to death. pic.twitter.com/xdDutZrS0J
— Gary Chambers (@GaryChambersJr) May 27, 2021
Greene’s mom, Mona Hardin, appeared at the news conference together with household lawyer Lee Merritt, who said they had met with a state legislator as well as formerly appealed to the governor’s office and district attorney to ask a judge to issue an arrest warrant for those troopers. Merritt said they were advised to trust the process and await the outcomes of a federal investigation.
“No one has delivered any specific action,” Merritt said. “We believe in equal protection under the law. And we know if a white citizen, a fellow police officer, the governor’s child, had met the same end that Ronald Greene met, there would be action by now.”
Hardin thanked Morial and others attending the news conference.
“We need help,” she said. “We need someone’s attention to help, to move these mountains.”
Video acquired by the AP and afterwards published by state police reveals troopers magnificent, beating and choking Greene, 49, after a car chase and crash in northeast Louisiana in May 2019.
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