MONROE, La (BRPROUD) – Ongoing controversy with Louisiana State Police emerges following the release of a new video shared by The Associated Press showing troopers beating a Black man during a 2019 arrest.
In 2019 Aaron Bowman was arrested by state police during a traffic stop in Monroe. A recently released body camera video shows troopers beating Bowman with an 8-inch aluminum flashlight.
In the video, you can hear Bowman telling troopers he was not resisting. Bowman is now seeking justice.
“I kept thinking I was going to die that night because all I could do was breathe. It was scary,” Bowman said to the Associated Press.
He is accusing LSP of hiding the 2019 footage. Bowman’s attorney Ron Haley said troopers were out of line.
“The fact that they tried to justify this as some type of pain consequence or pain compliance, that’s just sadistic,” Haley said.
Bowman said the encounter left him with a broken jaw, three broken ribs and a gash to his head that required six staples according to the Associated Press.
“When I seen the tape, it was like reliving it all over again. I couldn’t help myself. I watched it and broke down. I wouldn’t want nobody to go through that,” Bowman said to the Associated Press.
This incident happened just three weeks after Ronald Greene, who died in state police custody following a traffic stop in Monroe.
According to The Associated Press, Jacob Brown, the trooper involved in this latest incident, denies any wrongdoing. Federal prosecutors are looking into both incidents as part of a larger investigation into alleged police brutality and potential coverups by state police.