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Louisiana Legislature committee investigating Ronald Greene’s death set to meet again

By: - October 14, 2022 5:54 pm
Louisiana House Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee

The committee investigating Ronald Greene’s death is set to meet again on Nov. 14 after nearly six months (Greg LaRose/Louisiana Illuminator)

A Louisiana legislative committee investigating the 2019 death of a Black motorist in Louisiana State Police custody is scheduled to meet Nov. 14, nearly six months after its last meeting. 

The committee, chaired by House Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee, R-Houma, was supposed to hold a hearing in June to hear testimony from Gov. John Bel Edwards. But the meeting was canceled after a federal judge forced lawmakers to hold a special session on political redistricting at the same time. 

Ronald Greene died in May 2019 after a struggle with state troopers following a high-speed chase outside Monroe. Police initially told Greene’s family that he died in a car wreck, but video tape obtained by the Associated Press showed that Greene was beaten, tased and dragged face-down on the ground while shackled. 

Last January, the Associated Press  published text messages sent from former State Police Superintendent Kevin Reeves to Edwards the morning after Greene’s death, which informed the governor of a “violent, lengthy struggle,” between Greene and troopers.

The disclosure of Reeves’ text to the governor earlier this year renewed interest on who knew what and when about Greene’s death. 

Last week, District Attorney John Belton, who represents Union and Lincoln parishes, announced that he will present the case to a grand jury by the end of the year

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Piper Hutchinson
Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.