Federal Authorities Launch Investigation Into Ronald Greene's Death
Greene's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming troopers are covering up the actual cause of his death.
Federal authorities have launched an investigation into the death of a Black man who died after a struggle with Louisiana State Police back in May 2019.
Louisiana State Police say 49-year-old Ronald Greene led police on a chase after he allegedly refused to stop for a traffic violation. Authorities described a struggle between Greene and state police following the chase.
Officials haven't specified what traffic violation they tried to stop Greene for. They also have not released body camera footage related to the chase.
Greene's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming Greene was left "beaten, bloodied and in cardiac arrest" and that troopers are covering up the actual cause his death.
The lawsuit, drawing on witness accounts, alleges officers pinned Greene to the ground and used a stun gun on him even after he apologized for leading them on a chase.
The police report says Greene died from injuries he suffered from crashing into a tree, but his family says the crash wasn't serious enough to kill him, the car didn't hit the tree and the airbag didn't go off. The family also says the police report failed to mention there was a physical struggle, which the State Police now acknowledges happened before Greene's death.
Louisiana State Police said it's cooperating with federal officials "even as it conducts its own internal investigation."
Additional reporting by Jim Mustian of The Associated Press.
George Floyd Protesters Awarded $14M By Denver Jury
The jury found that police used excessive force against protesters and ordered the city to pay the 12 people who sued.By David Zalubowski / AP
Protests In Minneapolis Over Fatal Police Shooting Of Amir Locke
Demonstrators are calling for the interim police chief to resign after the killing of 22-year-old Locke while police were serving a no-knock warrant.By Christian Monterrosa / AP
Minneapolis Police Officers Heard Talking About 'Hunting' Protesters
In a newly released body camera video, Minneapolis police officers are heard talking about "hunting" protesters days after the murder of George Floyd.By Julio Cortez / AP
Police say 3 dead, 4 hurt in latest California shooting
This marks the fourth mass shooting in California this month.By Matt Rourke / AP
FDA moves to ease rules for blood donations from gay men
The FDA announced draft guidelines that would do away with the three-month abstinence requirement for donations from men who have sex with men.By Francois Mori / AP
'I could have been dead': Connor McGregor hit by car while riding bike
McGregor claimed that a driver was blinded by the sun when he crashed into him.By Evan Agostini / Invision via AP