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Pho­tos fuel con­cerns over in-cus­tody death of Black man in Louisiana

- BY JIM MUS­TIAN Crime · Incidents · Louisiana · Monroe

Graphic pho­tos that sur­faced online this week ap­pear to show deep bruises on the face of a Black man who died fol­low­ing a po­lice chase in Louisiana last year, rais­ing new ques­tions about whether his in­juries were caused by the crash that ended the chase or an en­su­ing strug­gle with state troop­ers.

Sep­a­rately, the fam­ily of 49-year-old Ron­ald Greene re­leased im­ages of the SUV in­volved in the May 2019 crash — show­ing that the ve­hi­cle ap­peared to have sus­tained only mi­nor dam­age to its driver’s side.

The jux­ta­po­si­tion fu­eled calls for State Po­lice to re­lease body-cam­era footage of the chase and what the agency re­cently ac­knowl­edged was a “strug­gle” to take Greene into cus­tody af­ter he drove off the road in ru­ral north­ern Louisiana near Mon­roe. State Po­lice have de­clined to re­lease the video or com­ment on the pho­tos due to on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions of Greene’s death.

The two graphic pho­tos — which ap­pear to have been taken in a med­i­cal set­ting and show ap­par­ent bruises and cuts to Greene’s face and scalp — had pre­vi­ously been shared on so­cial me­dia by his fam­ily. At­tor­neys for Greene’s fam­ily say it was not im­me­di­ately clear where the pho­tos came from but that they were con­sis­tent with the in­juries iden­ti­fied in an in­de­pen­dent au­topsy they com­mis­sioned.

Greene’s fam­ily filed a fed­eral wrong­fuldeath law­suit in May al­leg­ing troop­ers “bru­tal­ized” Greene, used a stun gun on him three times and “left him beaten, blood­ied and in car­diac ar­rest” be­fore cov­er­ing up his ac­tual cause of death.

 ?? MICHAEL M. SAN­TI­AGO/VIA AP ?? Fam­ily mem­bers of Ron­ald Greene lis­ten to speak­ers as demon­stra­tors gather in Au­gust for the March on Wash­ing­ton.
MICHAEL M. SAN­TI­AGO/VIA AP Fam­ily mem­bers of Ron­ald Greene lis­ten to speak­ers as demon­stra­tors gather in Au­gust for the March on Wash­ing­ton.

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