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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:08 PM

AP: Louisiana police unit probed over Black driver arrests

Source: Associated Press

AP: Louisiana police unit probed over Black driver arrests

By JIM MUSTIAN
June 9, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The same Louisiana State Police unit whose troopers stunned, punched and dragged Ronald Greene on video during a deadly 2019 arrest is now under internal investigation by a secret panel over whether its officers are systematically targeting Black motorists for abuse.

The panel, whose existence was confirmed to The Associated Press by four people familiar with it, was set up in response to Greene’s death as well as three other violent stops of Black men: one who was punched, stunned and hoisted to his feet by his hair braids in a body-camera video obtained by the AP, another who was beaten after he was handcuffed, and yet another who was slammed 18 times with a flashlight.

“Every time I told him to stop he’d hit me again,” said Aaron Bowman, whose flashlight pummeling left him with three broken ribs, a broken jaw, a broken wrist and a gash to his head that required six staples to close. “I don’t want to see this happen to nobody — not to my worst enemy.”

The panel began working a few weeks ago to review thousands of body-camera videos over the past two years involving as many as a dozen white troopers, at least four of whom were involved in Greene’s arrest.

The review is focused on Louisiana State Police Troop F, a 66-officer unit that patrols a sprawling territory in the northeastern part of the state and has become notorious in recent years for alleged acts of brutality that have resulted in felony charges against some of its troopers.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/la-state-wire-louisiana-death-of-ronald-greene-arrests-4a47c5e0ef720019d15818cf32eb2a2a

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:16 PM

1. And if the investigators find that there is systematic overreach when dealing with POC

Just what do they plan to recommend?

That the LSP not do that again, its’ bad PR? Will they recommend charges be filed? Just what is the outcome, maybe a statement that it’s not the good old days anymore?

Just curious.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:29 PM

2. Kickin' with disgust!

Those so called cops are not human beings

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:39 PM

3. This needs to be a wide DOJ investigation

A self selected secret panel does not cut it. If the best criticism is coming from a former prosecutor, you know that you have a problem. Does the panel even have a civil rights attorney on it for example.

Simple battery and malfeasance seem woeful undercharges to using excessive force under the color of authority. That to needs to be changed.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jun 10, 2021, 01:32 PM

4. Wait. They're investigating F Troop?!

I mean, that show was racist af. Didn't know it was real, though.

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