Report: Gov. Edwards lets family see video of troopers beating Black man who died

By: - October 17, 2020 9:00 am

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The family of a Black man killed by a Louisiana state trooper met with Gov. John Bel Edwards Wednesday to view long-secret body-camera footage, according to The Associated Press.  The news service quotes the family’s attorney who says the dead man’s mother and sister cried loudly “like they were at a funeral” when they finally saw the footage of their loved one’s final moments from May 2019.

“This family has been lied to the entire time about what happened,” civil rights attorney Lee Merritt told the AP.  “The video was very difficult to watch. It’s one of those videos like George Floyd and even Ahmaud Arbery where it’s just so graphic.” According to the attorney’s account to the AP, the view shows troopers “choking and beating the man, repeatedly shocking him with a stun gun and dragging him face-down across the pavement.” 

An investigation by the AP’s Jim Mustian and Melinda Deslatte uncovered a 27-second audio clip from Hollingsworth’s body camera in which he is heard telling a colleague, “I beat the ever-living f— out of him.” 

According to the Monroe News Star, Hollingsworth, who lived in West Monroe, died Sept. 22 from injuries sustained in a single-car crash the day before. The AP reports that  Hollingsworth, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, crashed his car soon after learning he had been fired for his role in the Greene incident.

Gov. Edwards, who ultimately oversees the State Police, did not respond to the Illuminator’s request for comment on Friday. He would not describe the contents of the video to the Associated Press.

Read the entire AP story here: Black man’s family views graphic video of in-custody death

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