A Louisiana State Police trooper who kicked and dragged a handcuffed Black man has been suspended without pay.
Ronald Greene, 49, died in police on May 10, 2019 following a high-speed car chase and a violent arrest.
According to internal State Police records obtained by the Associated Press, body camera footage of the arrest shows Master Trooper Kory York dragging Greene “on his stomach by the leg shackles.”
The body camera footage has only been released to the Greene’s family and their lawyers and has not been made available to the public yet. State police have repeatedly refused to publicly release the footage and initially blamed the man’s fatal injuries on a car crash.
According to police records, York turned his own body camera off as he was on the way to the scene, however he can be seen and heard on another officers body camera.
York told investigators he turned his own body camera off because it was beeping loudly and that his “mind was on other things” after arriving at the scene.
York was suspended without pay for 50 hours following an internal investigation that also led to the termination of another trooper involved in Greene’s arrest.
Former Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth was fired after he was heard on his body-camera mic talking about beating and choking Greene before he “all of a sudden just went limp.”
“I beat the ever-living f— out of him,” the trooper said in a 27-second audio clip obtained by The Associated Press.
“Choked him and everything else trying to get him under control,” Hollingsworth is heard saying.
“We finally got him in handcuffs when a third man got there, and the son of a b—– was still fighting him, was still wrestling with him trying to hold him down,” he said. “He was spitting blood everywhere and all of a sudden he just went limp.”
Hollingsworth died in a single-car crash in September of last year just hours after learning he had been fired over his role in the incident.
“This family has been lied to the entire time about what happened,” the family’s attorney Lee Merritt told the Associated Press. “The video was very difficult to watch. It’s one of those videos like George Floyd and even Ahmaud Arbery where it’s just so graphic.”