Gov Bel Edwards Blames Belton for Greene Video Coverup

Louisiana Governor Bel Edwards yesterday said that Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton had prevented release of Louisiana State Police bodycam video of troopers beating and tazing a handcuffed Ronald Greene in May, 2019 near the Crossroads community in Union Parish.

Greene allegedly died en route to a Monroe area hospital, but as the incident occurred in Union Parish, Belton’s office has original jurisdiction over the case.

From WAFB TV-9 Baton Rouge.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – One day after body camera video was put out showing the deadly 2019 arrest of 49-year-old Ronald Greene, Governor John Bel Edwards is weighing in on the release of the video.

“I can’t speak for them about whether there’s going to be a criminal prosecution,” Edwards said.

Parts of the video leaked to the Associated Press are hard to watch. The video shows troopers kick, stun and drag the 49-year-old while he was face down in handcuffs. Today, the 9News Investigators asked the governor why it took so long for the video to get out and why Louisiana State Police still refuses to release it.

“Well the state police didn’t release it because the DA asked that it not be released before the investigation was concluded and then subsequently, the US Department of Justice initiated an investigation and made the same request,” Edwards said.

2 Responses to “Gov Bel Edwards Blames Belton for Greene Video Coverup”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    The blame game begins. JBE makes a claim and the stenographers in the press (BIRM) accepts it without question. What does John Belton claim?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    He made a statement: https://lincolnparishnewsonline.wordpress.com/2021/05/20/belton-issues-statement-on-greene-homicide/

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