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Louisiana police blocked investigators from charging one of their own for the death of an unarmed Black man during a traffic stop: report

Summary List PlacementLouisiana State Police officials blocked investigators from charging an officer involved in the death of Ronald Greene, according to a report from the Lafayette Daily Advertiser and the USA Today Network. According to documents obtained by USA Today Network, Louisiana State Police Investigator Albert Paxton wrote that he was blocked from charging Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, who he said turned off his body camera before the beating that led to Greene's death. Police initially said Greene died in car crash following a police chase in Monroe, Louisiana, in May 2019, but body camera footage later showed officers stunning, hitting,...

This image from video from Louisiana state police state trooper Dakota DeMoss' body-worn camera, shows troopers holding up Ronald Greene before paramedics arrived on May 10, 2019, outside of Monroe, Louisiana.

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Louisiana State Police officials blocked investigators from charging an officer involved in the death of Ronald Greene, according to a report from the Lafayette Daily Advertiser and the USA Today Network.

According to documents obtained by USA Today Network, Louisiana State Police Investigator Albert Paxton wrote that he was blocked from charging Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, who he said turned off his body camera before the beating that led to Greene’s death.

Police initially said Greene died in car crash following a police chase in Monroe, Louisiana, in May 2019, but body camera footage later showed officers stunning, hitting, and dragging him during an arrest. He died on his way to the hospital.

In a statement to Insider, Louisiana State Police said: “The investigation into the death of Ronald Greene remains under review by federal and state authorities. LSP continues to offer our full cooperation with the investigation and fully intends to release all available documents and investigative files at the appropriate time. All official investigative notes and reports were included in the case file delivered to investigating agencies. All circumstances surrounding this incident are being evaluated and reviewed in conjunction with the federal investigation.”

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