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Ronald Greene Trial Update

By Carmen Roxanna (Baton Rouge, LA) – A grand jury will finally hear testimony in the case of driver Ronald Greene, who died after being brutally detained by Louisiana State Police troopers, more than three years later. According to CNN, the evidence in the incident involving Greene and the Louisiana State Police will be presented before a grand jury beginning on November 10 by Union Parish District Attorney John Belton.

Greene, a 49-year-old Black man, died in May 2019 following what the police claimed was resisting arrest and a struggle with cops. His family says state police first told them that Greene died in a vehicle accident during a police pursuit, more than three years after the incident. The state troopers engaged in the event, as well as their supervisors, are the targets of a wrongful death civil action brought by Greene’s family. The case asks for damages to cover all funeral and medical costs.

In court filings, the troopers claim that they used force “for their own personal protection and for the safety of the public” and that Greene’s death “was caused by crash-related blunt force chest injuries that resulted in a shattered sternum and burst aorta.” Officers kicked, punched, and used a Taser on Greene before he died while in custody, according to video of the event that was released two years later. “I can’t guarantee an indictment. I can only say I will present all evidence to the grand jury,” he added.

Belton stated that, barring any unforeseen issues with witness availability, he anticipates finishing the presentation of the evidence before the end of the year. The district attorney did not say specifically who he wanted to file charges against, and no troopers have been charged as of yet in connection with Greene’s killing.

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