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Nearly three years after Ronald Greene’s demise, members of the family and a few lawmakers say police have averted accountability

Former Louisiana State Police Col. Kevin Reeves, who retired amidst controversy surrounding his dealing with of Greene’s brutal arrest by state troopers, failed to look in entrance of the state police fee on Thursday. The fee is dealing with the case of a state police whistleblower making an attempt to overturn his termination after he spoke out about Greene’s demise in May 2019 and leaked paperwork associated to Greene’s demise.

CNN tried to achieve Reeves by way of his lawyer however by no means heard again.

The Greene household characterised Reeves’ no-show to CNN as one more instance of present and former management on the LSP avoiding accountability within the case.

Greene, a 49-year-old Black man, died throughout the in a single day hours of May 10, 2019, after police mentioned he resisted arrest and struggled with officers. His household has mentioned they have been instructed Greene died in a automotive crash after a police chase.

Video of the incident launched two years later confirmed officers kicking, punching and utilizing a Taser on Greene earlier than he died of their custody.

For weeks the Greene household and a few lawmakers have accused the LSP of being lower than cooperative throughout a particular legislative committee shaped to analyze Greene’s demise.

Dinelle Hardin, Greene’s sister, instructed CNN the household final spoke to federal investigators 9 months in the past in July of 2021.

The whistleblower within the case, Carl Cavalier, a former Louisiana state trooper, was fired after he accused colleagues concerned in Greene’s demise of homicide and an alleged inner coverup. Since Greene’s demise, a number of troopers have come ahead to testify {that a} cover-up occurred throughout the highest ranks of the division. During testimony earlier than the particular legislative committee shaped to analyze Greene’s demise, Reeves denied there was any cover-up.

Reeves’ absence Thursday prompted Cavalier’s lawyer to file a movement that the previous LSP superintendent be held in contempt. Attorney Jill Craft made the identical movement for former Major Jason Turner, who additionally failed to look earlier than the fee.

“For two former high-ranking public officials to thumb their nose at subpoenas lawfully issued by the State Police Commission, I think it’s appalling,” Craft instructed CNN affiliate WBRZ.

Craft additionally expressed frustration with the LSP after it didn’t present requested texts and emails associated to Cavaliers’ termination, and in accordance with Craft known as her request “overly burdensome.”

The state police fee mentioned it will take up the contempt movement at a listening to in May.

Reeves retired in October 2020 amidst claims of obstruction inside his division. Recently, accusations surfaced that the work cellphones utilized by him and different high deputies, together with Lt. Col. Doug Cain, have been cleaned after Greene’s demise.

Last week, Cain was positioned on administrative go away “pending the ongoing administrative investigation into the sanitization of his department cellular device,” in accordance with an announcement by Louisiana State Police Col. Lamar Davis. Cain was not on the scene of the incident involving Greene.

On March 22, Cain testified earlier than a particular committee of the Louisiana State legislature investigating Greene’s demise. During his testimony, state Rep. Debbie Villio requested him why his cellphone had been sanitized. Cain responded, “I can’t speak to that ma’am.”

Louisiana State Police senior officer on leave over phone data in Ronald Greene's death

After being pressed, he went on to say, “I can’t speak to my cellphone ma’am. I notified the chairman that there’s an internal investigation underway, to ensure transparency by Colonel Davis he’s looking into that matter.”

As the questioning concerning the telephone and transparency continued, Cain instructed the committee chairman he had been ordered to not converse to it.

CNN reached out to Cain for a remark after he was positioned on paid administrative go away however has not heard again. It is unclear whether or not Cain has an lawyer.

Meanwhile, John Belton, the native district lawyer the place Greene died, instructed CNN that Reeves and Cain didn’t agree that the state troopers concerned within the brutal arrest of Greene needs to be charged with a criminal offense. In a 2020 assembly with Belton, Cain pushed again on Belton’s evaluation of what he noticed in physique cam footage of the incident, Belton instructed CNN.

“There were certain crimes I thought the officers committed and he did not agree,” Belton mentioned of the face-to-face assembly with Cain.

Belton didn’t wish to elaborate to CNN on what crimes he believed occurred, including that he had shared his dialog with Cain with federal investigators.

Additionally final week, Belton verified earlier than the particular committee shaped by the Louisiana legislature to analyze Greene’s demise that the then head of the state police instructed him the incident involving Greene was “awful, but lawful.” The feedback have been made in October 2019 at a Louisiana Tech occasion attended by Belton and Reeves, in accordance with testimony by Belton on April 7.

In October 2020, Cain was promoted to the assistant superintendent position, almost a year-and-a-half after the demise of Greene. Cain was appointed to the place by Davis.

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