New autopsy report rejects police theory that Ronald Greene died in car crash • EBONY
New autopsy rejects theory put forward by Louisiana state police that Ronald Greene died from car crash injuries, NPR reports.
According to the new forensic study obtained by the FBI, the cause of Greene’s death was a series of factors, including soldiers repeatedly hitting him on the head, lengthily restraining him and his use of cocaine. The minor car money was not a contributing factor in his death.
The new examination removes not only the accident, but also the “excited delirium” from the list of causes of Greene’s original autopsy.
Mona Hardin, Greene’s mother, hopes the new report brings the case closer to justice “so that I can put my son to rest,” adding that she has yet to bury his cremated remains. “This thing has been so crazy. No one really mourned.
Rafael Goyeneche, a former prosecutor who now heads the Metropolitan Crime Commission, noted that the new cause of death makes it even more likely that prosecutors will lay serious charges against state soldiers.
“It pulls the rug out from under the defense claim that the crash caused his death and that the beating was not that bad,” he said.
A Louisiana State Police spokesperson said the agency “has not received any further information about the ongoing federal investigation” but continues to cooperate. A spokesperson for the US Department of Justice declined to speak about an ongoing investigation, but added that if the evidence reveals violations of the law, the department “will take all appropriate measures.”
On May 10, 2019, after failing to stop for a traffic violation, Greene led soldiers in a high-speed chase in northern Louisiana. Initially, authorities told Greene’s family he died after crashing into a tree. In an official report, the Union Parish coroner described Greene’s death as a car accident without mentioning his encounter with state soldiers.
For more than two years, authorities have refused to release the soldiers’ body camera video, but the Associated Press obtained it and released it this spring, showing soldiers assaulting Greene before he could even get out of his room. car.
The footage shows officers stunning and repeatedly punching Greene as he surrenders, saying, “I’m your brother!” I am scared! I’m scared! ”Later in the video, a soldier can be seen dragging Greene by his ankle chains, leaving him face down for over nine minutes until he loses bodily functions.
In the aftermath of the AP posting the video of Greene’s violent arrest, state officials and advocates for the soldiers continued to claim that the crash was the reason for Greene’s death. Governor John Bel Edwards shared the crash theory in September.
“Is the problem if he died from injuries sustained in the crash?” Edwards, a Democrat, said on a radio show. “Obviously, he did not die in the accident himself because he was still alive when the soldiers engaged with him. But what was the cause of death? I don’t know if this has been falsely portrayed.
In July, a lawyer representing the soldiers involved in Greene’s arrest told the court that the accident was the cause of his death and that they would present evidence to support their claims.
“At trial, the defendants will present scientific evidence that Mr. Greene’s death was caused by blunt chest trauma related to an accident resulting in a broken sternum and ruptured aorta,” wrote P. Scott Wolleson in a case in a civil lawsuit brought by Greene’s. family.
It’s still unclear whether the new autopsy report will lead the Union Parish coroner to change Greene’s cause of death from accidental to homicide.