Unearthed videos show pattern of violence by Louisiana state police

As state police reel from the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene, an AP investigation reveals it is part of a pattern of violence

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Guardian: In one long-buried video, white Louisiana state police troopers can be seen slamming a Black man against a police cruiser after finding marijuana in his car, throwing him to the ground and repeatedly punching him – all while he is handcuffed.

In another, a white trooper pummels a Black man at a traffic stop 18 times with a flashlight, leaving him with a broken jaw, broken ribs and a gash to his head. That footage was mislabeled and it took 536 days and a lawsuit for police to look into it.

And yet another video shows a white trooper coldcocking a Hispanic drug trafficking suspect as he stood calmly by the highway, an unprovoked attack never mentioned in any report and only investigated when the footage was discovered by an outraged federal judge.

As the Louisiana state police reel from the fallout of the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene – a case blown open this year by long-withheld video of troopers stunning, punching and dragging the Black motorist – an Associated Press investigation has revealed it is part of a pattern of violence kept shrouded in secrecy.

An AP review of internal investigative records and newly obtained videos identified at least a dozen cases over the past decade in which Louisiana state police troopers or their bosses ignored or concealed evidence of beatings, deflected blame and impeded efforts to root out misconduct.  Read more…

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/09/louisiana-state-police-videos-pattern-of-violence

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/09/1035446605/louisiana-state-police-bodycam-videos-beatings

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  1. The brutality of a coward shows itself when the people are cuffed. Because we extract so many good protector spirits from the community into our global army invasion force, the communities at home have thugs and gangs in the police departments.
    Police brutality is deserved extra judicial punishment in their eyes. Because if you say something and hurt their feelings, they beat you for it. Sometimes they just beat people to relieve their own stress, or simply because they are brutal thugs. Now is the time for good officers to blow the whistle, or be complicit.