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Former Louisiana State Police leaders to testify before Ronald Greene committee

By: - March 11, 2022 4:22 pm
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Louisiana State Police commanders and top brass attend the inaugural meeting of the state Senate Select Committee on State Police Oversight on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. (WES MULLER/LOUISIANA ILLUMINATOR)

The state’s top public safety official and two former Louisiana State Police superintendents are expected to testify Tuesday in front of the Legislature’s newly-formed special committee investigating allegations of a coverup in the 2019 death of Ronald Greene in troopers’ custody.

Department of Corrections and Public Safety Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc and former LSP superintendents Mike Edmonson and Kevin Reeves are listed on the meeting agenda for the House Special Committee to Inquire into the Circumstances and Investigation of the Death of Ronald Greene. Reeves was in charge of State Police when Greene died after an auto chase that ended in a crash outside Monroe.

Their names are among the most prominent that lawmakers added to a list of witnesses they wish to question about the case. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. 

Police body camera footage shows that troopers kicked, dragged, beaten and shot Greene, a Black motorist, with their stun guns while he lay handcuffed on the side of a Union Parish highway. 

So far, the committee’s witness list includes a number of current and former State Police officers:

  • Lt. Col. Layne Barnum
  • John Belton, Union Parish district attorney
  • Lt. Scott Brown
  • Lt. Col. Doug Cain
  • Trooper Carl Cavalier
  • Lt. John Cleary
  • Col. Lamar Davis, LSP superintendent
  • Sgt. Scott Davis
  • Col. Mike Edmonson, former LSP superintendent
  • Randy Hidalgo, technical support supervisor
  • Jimmy Leblanc, secretary of the Department of Public Safety
  • Triet Lee, information technology specialist
  • Capt. Nick Manale
  • Faye Morrison, LSP legal counsel 
  • Lt. Col. Mike Noel
  • Sgt. Albert Paxton
  • Col. Kevin Reeves, former LSP superintendent

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.

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