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As the investigation into Ronald Greene’s death heats up, it has been revealed that the top officer who helped cover up the killing wiped his phone clean.
The phone belonging to Lousiana State Lt. Colonel Doug Cain had all of its data erased in a process called “sanitizing” as the state and the federal government continued their probe. Usually, this process is reserved for employees who leave the agency. However, Cain has never been removed from his position on the force, though the public has demanded he be fired for the botched handling of Greene’s death.
On Thursday, State Police responded to a public records request, verifying that Cain’s phone had been sanitized but would not elaborate on when the data was erased. After further probing by WBRZ Investigative Unit and Chris Nakamoto, a spokesperson for the agency confessed that the phone was cleared in February 2020. Coincidentally, this was the same month that former internal investigator Albert Paxton escalated the Greene case file to the FBI. Federal prosecutors had also begun looking deeper into the case during this time after being contacted by Monroe-area district attorney John Belton.
Paxton would eventually part ways with the State Police, claiming that the agency gave him a hard time for failing to participate in the elaborate cover-up. In his extensive case file about the incident, Paxton says Cain repeatedly blew him off when he raised valid concerns about Greene’s case and became angry when he learned that one of the officers involved in the beating could face charges.
The unveiled body cam video shows Greene being punched, choked, and stunned with a taser as he continually apologizes for taking the officers on the high-speed chase.
“I’m your brother! I’m scared! I’m scared!” Greene was heard pleading. A bloodied Greene was dragged faced down with his hands cuffed behind his back and left moaning on the ground for about nine minutes while officers failed to render any aid to him.
Trooper Dakota DeMoss, Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, and Trooper Kory York were among the officers involved in the beating. In one recording obtained by AP, Hollingsworth can be heard bragging about how he battered Greene during the deadly encounter.
“Choked him and everything else trying to get him under control. He was spitting blood everywhere, and all of a sudden he just went limp,” Hollingsworth is heard saying on the recording,
State Representative Edmond Jordan, who is on the legislative committee formed to examine the Greene cover-up, called the lack of transparency “very disturbing.”
“The citizens of Louisiana deserve transparency, and this is another indicator State Police was not acting as transparent as they should have been,” Jordan stated.
Cain is not the only official with the Louisiana State Police to sanitize his phone among the controversy. Former LSP Superintendent Colonel Kevin Reeves and his second-in-command, Mike Noel, also wiped their phones clean, further proving that they had something to hide regarding Greene’s death.