BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Tuesday special legislative committee asked questions to Louisiana State Police about how Ronald Greene died in their custody and a possible cover-up.
State Police technology staffer Triet Le said three top leaders of LSP, including former Superintendent Kevin Reeves, turned in their devices to be wiped clean in 2020.
“So we had three perfectly fine phones, okay, that they just said, “We want to turn them in to it?'” asked State Representative Edmond Jordan.
“Yes,” Le answered.
A day before the committee meeting, Le was called to surrender devices as a part of an internal investigation.
“My captain called me, ‘You’ll get out of the device and give to I.A.,'” Le explained.
LSP Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis said he asked for an investigation of their phones, but Internal Affairs picked them up just yesterday for their investigation.
“Internal Affairs decided to do that. That was not under my instruction. They have a certain core that my instructions to them were to one, investigate this matter,” said Davis.
Frustration and confusion were high among lawmakers in the committee.
“I think everybody can acknowledge there’s something going on in State Police that’s rotten. And when you have that, when you have the shades drawn in and it’s closed up, that thing festers and it stinks and it gets worse and worse and worse,” said State Rep. Tanner Magee. “I hear y’all want to be the sunshine, but what I’m seeing is you’re closing the shades.”
Retired State Police Detective Albert Paxton said Kory York and John Clary, who were troopers working the scene where Greene died, should be prosecuted. Paxton said that he was told by Clary that he was not wearing a body camera that night.
“Look at what Clary told me that morning. Watch his video, talk to everybody else that was actually involved in the investigation and then see that the department, the current administration didn’t want to do anything to Clary. I mean, I think that that’s very suspicious,” said Paxton.
It’s unclear when the next meeting is. It could be a while because of the legislative session.