BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Monday, a grand jury in Union Parish began hearings on if criminal charges will be brought in the 2019 in-custody death of Ronald Greene.
Greene died after multiple state troopers beat him following a high-speed chase, but blamed his death on a car crash. Back in Baton Rouge, the legislative committee investigating his death rehashed their concerns with state police brass.
It is the first meeting the committee has held in months after a meeting that had Governor John Bel Edwards slated to speak in June was postponed due to a special legislative session.
Mona Hardin, the mother of Ronald Greene, testified to make her frustrations known about the delay in action on the investigation into her son’s death.
“Clary should not be there. York should not be on payroll. Nobody should…this is murder,” Hardin said.
Those two names are of troopers who were on the scene the night of Greene’s death. Lt. John Clary and Trooper Kory York are still employed by the Louisiana State Police.
The legislative committee investigating the case has heard hours of testimony from state police.
Officers reveal phones being wiped, higher-ups not following up on the case, and much more. Representatives said it is eye-opening to them that so many troopers have come to them to point out
“But at the end of the day, people didn’t care enough,” Rep. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, said.
The committee is wrapping up its work for a final report with all its findings and recommendations. In Monday’s meeting, multiple members rehashed their concerns about where state police went wrong on the case.
Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis, who took office after Greene died, said he’s been making sweeping changes in the department to prevent such a thing from happening again. He gave an update on a group he has formed that investigates the use of force in the department, increased training in implicit bias, and replaces key positions with fresh faces.
“When you’re changing culture, you hit it from all angles. That’s why I’m visiting my troopers, that’s why I’m putting people in place who share my vision, that’s why I’m implementing policies,” Col. Davis said.
The committee was born out of calls to find out what the governor’s administration and top brass knew about Greene’s death and when. They asked the governor and his counsel just days before the meeting to attend, but he had a prior engagement and could not attend. The committee said they are going to continue to work with the governor’s office to get him to testify before they make their final report.