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Thu Sep 9, 2021, 03:39 AM

Beatings, buried videos a pattern at Louisiana State Police

Source: Associated Press

Beatings, buried videos a pattern at Louisiana State Police

By JIM MUSTIAN and JAKE BLEIBERG
September 9, 2021

MONROE, La. (AP) The most violent videos languished for years, lost or ignored in a digital vault. Louisiana State Police troopers and top brass alike would often look the other way, even as officers took to official messaging channels to banter about their brutality.

In one video, white troopers can be seen slamming a Black man against a police cruiser after finding marijuana in his car, throwing him to the ground and repeatedly punching him all while he is handcuffed.

In another, a white trooper pummels a Black man at a traffic stop 18 times with a flashlight, leaving him with a broken jaw, broken ribs and a gash to his head. That footage was mislabeled and it took 536 days and a lawsuit for police to look into it.

And yet another video shows a white trooper coldcocking a Hispanic drug trafficking suspect as he stood calmly by a highway, an unprovoked attack never mentioned in any report and only investigated when the footage was discovered by an outraged federal judge.

As the Louisiana State Police reel from the fallout of the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene a case blown open this year by long-withheld video of troopers stunning, punching and dragging the Black motorist an Associated Press investigation has revealed it is part of a pattern of violence kept shrouded in secrecy.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/police-beatings-louisiana-video-91168d2848b10df739d73cc35b0c02f8

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discntnt_irny_srcsm Sep 9 #1

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Thu Sep 9, 2021, 08:40 AM

1. Some detour on the road to freedom.

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

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