A Louisiana State Police Unit is under internal investigation for the systematic targeting of abuse that resulted in the massive brutal treatment, and sometimes death, of Black motorists. The investigation includes body camera video of clearly unnecessary and violent treatment of these defenseless men. The review began weeks ago and includes a case in which a Black man was punched, stunned, and pulled to his feet by his hair braids, according to footage obtained by the Associated Press, another who was beaten after he was handcuffed, and another was slammed 18 times with a flashlight that was designed to shatter glass.
A seven-member panel of investigators made up from officials of the State Police reviewed thousands of body camera videos from the past two years, involving as many as a dozen White troopers. The panel is looking for signs of excessive force, examining whether troopers showed racist tendencies in their traffic stops and pursuits and whether they mislabeled body cameras, turned off their cameras or used other means to hide evidence from internal investigators. The review is focused on Louisiana State Police Troop F, a 66-officer unit that patrols the northeastern region. Troop F is well-known for their alleged acts of violence and brutality that have resulted in felony charges against some of its troopers. “You’d be naïve to think it’s limited to two or three instances. That’s why you’re seeing this audit, which is a substantial undertaking by any agency,” said former prosecutor Rafael Goyeneche, who is president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, a New Orleans-based watchdog group.
The Troop F Unit is shrouded in cover-up, secrecy, and false reports, specifically in the death of Ronald Greene, who died on his way to the hospital after being beaten to death by officers. Body cam video revealed troopers repeatedly jolting the unarmed man with stun guns, putting him in a chokehold, striking him in the head and dragging him by his ankle shackles. Greene can be heard apologizing to the officers, telling them he is scared and moaning and gasping for air. No troops have been charged in Greene’s arrest. While none of the other beatings that prompted the investigation resulted in deaths, all led to felony charges against some of the troops involved. And like Greene, all the suspects were driving alone, were unarmed and didn’t appear to resist after troopers closed in.
Why We Need To Know
ALERT ALERT ALERT: FOR THOSE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY BLACK MEN ARE AFRIAD, DON’T TRUST, DON’T LIKE OR DON’T RESPECT THE POLICE: EXHIBIT A – LOUISIANA STATE POLICE UNIT TROOP F.
While an internal investigation is at least a recognition (I guess), it might be a better idea to have a separate, unbiased party lead the investigation and as often stated loudly… release all of the video footage so that those who are surprised and naïve to the savagery of many police officers can see with their own eyes the barbarity.