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The death of Ronald Greene following his violent arrest by Louisiana troopers in 2019 has prompted state police to convene a secret panel to determine if officers in the same unit systematically targeted Black motorists for abuse.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 4:05 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The death of Ronald Greene following his violent arrest by Louisiana troopers in 2019 has prompted state police to convene a secret panel to determine if officers in the same unit systematically targeted Black motorists for abuse.

The panel, confirmed to The Associated Press by four people familiar with it, began its work less than a month ago to review thousands of hours of body camera video from as many as a dozen white Louisiana State Police troopers.

Four of those officers were involved in Greene's arrest and others have been tied to at least three other violent arrests.

ACLU of Louisiana Releases Statement on Secret Investigation into Louisiana State Police Troop F Officers Over Racist Policing

NEW ORLEANS – The ACLU of Louisiana released the below statement regarding a secret panel investigation over whether Louisiana State Police’s Troop F—the unit responsible for killing Ronald Greene—are systematically targeting Black motorists for abuse. The statement should be attributed to ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Alanah Odoms.

“Secrecy is what brought us to this place, and a secret panel consisting of potentially compromised Louisiana State Police officers can’t remedy these atrocities or provide impartial recommendations. We don’t need a secretive panel to tell us what is already abundantly clear is that Troop F officers have a pattern of malicious intent in their encounters with Black motorists, which results in the maiming and killing of unarmed and compliant people. This is not a matter of a few bad apples—this is a systemic issue that demands a systemic and transparent response.”

“The ACLU of Louisiana is calling for a top-to-bottom federal investigation of Louisiana State Police and Troop F. We demand federal charges, state charges, and a Department of Justice pattern-or-practice investigation into Louisiana State Police as a whole. We must hold these officers accountable, and the details of this investigation must be shared with our community members—this is the only way we can begin to bring about lawful and fair policing.”

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