Archive for the ‘Lincoln Parish Police Jury’ Category

Police Jury to Hike Taxes, Slightly

07/12/2021

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will tomorrow night hold a public hearing for input prior to voting to set the property tax millage rates for 2021.

For 2020, the millage rates were 1.67 and 3.35 for “general alimony,” or for any purpose the jury may choose; and two millages of 4.39 each for roads and bridges.

See here the document.

The new proposed rates are 1.68, 3.37, 4.41, and 4.41.

See here the document.

For 2019, the rates were 1.67, 3.37, 4.41, and 4.41.

See here the document.

Also, tomorrow night’s meeting will be held at the jury’s conference room on the third floor of the Lincoln Parish Court House. This the first time since spring, 2020 that the jury will have met at that location.

Here are the agendas:

Public Works Committee – 6:30 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM

Lincoln Parish Police Jury Meets Tomorrow

06/07/2021

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, June 8, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton.

Here are the agendas and meeting times:

Public Records Requests Filed for Proof of Statements

05/24/2021

Lincoln Parish News Online filed two public records requests yesterday asking for proof of statements made last week by the commander of the Louisiana State Police and by the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney regarding the Ronald Greene case.

It has become quite clear that nothing said by anyone connected to this case can be relied upon. After twelve years of covering government and its people, we’ve learned that “If it ain’t in writing, it didn’t happen.”

We requested from the Louisiana State Police documentation proving the delivery of case files and receipt thereof from the agencies as was claimed last Friday by Louisiana State Police Col. Lamar Davis. We understand that it is LSP procedure to require a signed and dated receipt whenever case files are submitted.

From Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton’s office, we requested a call log or any correspondence that would verify his allegation last week that he asked the U. S. Department of Justice or the FBI to intervene in the Greene case “…on the day I received the report…”

There is a six-month gap between when Belton said he contacted the FBI and when Davis alleges files were delivered to the FBI.

Here are our requests:

Louisiana State Police Public Records Request

Third Judicial District Attorney Public Records Request

We will report what we learn from the agencies promptly.

If they try stonewalling again, we’ll report that, too.

Amended Lawsuit Filed Thurs, 5/20/21 in Ronald Greene Wrongful Death Civil Case

05/22/2021

An amended complaint in the civil lawsuit alleging the wrongful death of Ronald Greene was filed this past Thursday in US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

The original lawsuit was filed in May, 2020, a year after the incident that occurred in Union Parish near the Crossroads community.

The amended complaint adds some defendants, and also adds some new language to the facts pleading section of the lawsuit, based upon new information from bodycam videos and the autopsy.

Here is the original lawsuit.

Here is the amended complaint.

Until the original lawsuit was filed, the public knew only what the Louisiana State Police claimed was Greene’s cause of death – a car crash.

Incredible as it may seem here in the Twenty-First Century, several local, state and federal governmental agencies – Louisiana State Police, Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney, Union Parish Sheriff’s Office, Union Parish Coronor, FBI, and Rocky Branch Fire District – were able to construct a coverup and maintain Omerta for a solid year.

Union Parish Sheriff’s Office Report on Greene Homicide

05/22/2021

Last year when the Ronald Greene homicide case first became public, we suspected a massive and co-ordinated coverup among several government agencies was underway to conceal both the manner of death and the people involved in the incident.

Our suspicions appear to have been accurate.

Acting upon those suspicions, we executed several public records request, one of which was to the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office for any reports it may have generated relative to the incident. After several months, we received a response.

Our request was made on 9/14/2020, and the response is dated 02/23/2021.

It consists of a call sheet, a log of personnel involved, and a narrative by Union Parish Sheriff’s Office (UPSO) Deputy Chris Harpin. His narrative reads as follows:

On Friday May 10, 2019 at approximately 0022 hours I, Dy. Chris Harpin, was advised by dispatch that LSP was in pursuit of a northbound vehicle on Hwy. 143, in Ouachita Parish, and they were asking for assistance. I then went towards the intersection of Hwy. 2 and Hwy. 143 at Crossroads.

I asked dispatch to notify Pafford Ambulance Service, so they would be on standby, in case the pursued vehicle wrecked. Prior to my arrival, dispatch advised me the vehicle wrecked and that the Troopers in pursuit could not be reached by radio. Then, dispatch advised that the Troopers were calling for more units. Upon arrival, I observed two LSP units and a small, silver SUV on Crossroads Loop. As I approached on foot, I saw the two Troopers in between their cars, on the ground, with a unidentified B/M. The Troopers were asking the B/M to give them his right hand so they could handcuff him. The Troopers asked me to help them get him handcuffed as the B/M was actively resisting them and not complying with their verbal commands. TheTroopers already had the B/M’s left hand in a handcuff, but he was trying to roll on his left side and pull it under his body. The B/M was lying face down on the ground and had his right arm tucked under his upper body with his right hand near his head. I reached under the B/M’s body, trapped his right wrist with both of my hands and pulled his arm down, towards his belt. I then straitened the arm out and pulled his hand up and behind his back. One of the Troopers was then able to handcuff the right hand. The B/M was breathing and grunting as he pulled against the handcuffs.

I then advised dispatch that we had one person in custody and definitely needed medical assistance. The B/M was bleeding from a head wound. More Troopers arrived shortly after getting the B/M handcuffed. Rocky Branch Fire arrived shortly after the back up Troopers and started medical treatment. Pafford arrived approximately 10 minutes after RBFD. The B/M was loaded into the Pafford Ambulance and transported to Glenwood Hospital. We were advised, while still at the scene, that the B/M had died while en route to Glenwood.

LSP advised that they would be sending Detectives to the scene. I helped MT Kory York take measurements of the scene while waiting for the Detectives. At this time I was advised that the B/M’s name was Ronald Allan Greene (B/M, DOB 9/28/1969). Upon the Detectives arrival, I was asked to give a statement of my participation in the incident, which I did. The silver SUV that Greene was driving was removed by Brick’s Towing and taken to Troop F for further examination.

Nothing further.
Dy. Chris Harpin 301

Here is the complete document.

Two other UPSO Deputies were on scene, according to the report – Cade Mobley and Cade Nolan.

Belton Notified of Greene Case in August, 2019

05/21/2021

Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney John Belton’s office was given the case files of the Ronald Greene Homicide in August, 2019, three months after the incident, according to WAFB TV9, Baton Rouge.

The incident occurred in the late evening/early morning hours of May 9/10, 2019, over two years ago.

WAFB – TV9 – Baton Rouge

Published: May. 21, 2021 at 6:38 PM

Ronald Greene In-Custody Death Investigative Timeline:

05/10/19 – 0045 Troop F Commander notified of Troop F pursuit/confrontation with Greene

05/10/19 – 0122 Troop F Commander notified of Greene’s passing, responds along with Bureau of Investigations (BOI)

05/10/19 – 0241 BOI Commander confirms that LSP Criminal Investigations Division Monroe Field Office (CID-Monroe) is enroute to investigate

05/10/19 – 0544 Troop F Commander posts Command Duty Journal entry

05/10/19 – KNOE, KTVE, Monroe News Star post stories citing LSP as source noting pursuit, struggle, and death

05/10/19 – CID-Monroe immediately commences investigation

08/20/19 – CID-Monroe submits case to the Lincoln Parish DA

09/09/19 – CID-Monroe follows up with DA, nothing further needed

02/20/20 – CID-Monroe provides case file to DOJ/FBI

August of 2020 – Lincoln DA finishes LSP case review; however, he reserves right to revisit pending DOJ review therefore case remains open

08/25/20 – Appointing Authority directs Internal Affairs to begin Admin Investigation into Use of Force

Gov Bel Edwards Blames Belton for Greene Video Coverup

05/21/2021

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.

Belton Issues Statement on Greene Homicide

05/20/2021

May 19, 2021

It is of the utmost importance that the Ronald Greene family and our community, as a whole, be provided complete and truthful answers about what happened to him.

For our justice system to properly function, citizens must have trust and confidence in the justice process.  To ensure an independent investigation into the death of Mr. Greene, on the day I received the report from the Louisiana State Police, I asked the United States Department of Justice to conduct an independent review of the circumstances surrounding his death, including whether any criminal or civil rights violations occurred.

To date, the federal investigation is ongoing. Ethically, I am prevented from making any extrajudicial comments while this matter is under investigation.  Furthermore, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana has asked that I make no comments regarding the merits and investigation of the case.  My office will await the conclusion of the federal investigation before making any further comment or decisions in this case.

JOHN BELTON

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT

LINCOLN AND UNION PARISHES

Greene died two years ago while in custody of the Louisiana State Police near the Crossroads community in Union Parish.

The case wasn’t made public until a year after the incident, when the Greene family filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit.

Yesterday, the Asssociate Press published the bodycam videos of the incident.

LPPJ Exit Audit Finds Problems

05/12/2021

An examination of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s books has found several issues that will have to be addressed before the regular annual audit can begin, Acting Treasurer Laura Hartt told the group at last night’s meeting.

The review – often termed an “exit audit” – is required anytime key people leave governmental agencies.

Hartt said all payroll, vendor, and withholding payments had been timely made, but that several internal accounts were not up-to-date.

Among the issues:

  • Bank statements had not been reconciled
  • Cash and check receipt deposits were not timely made
  • Purchases were made that circumvented procedures
  • Sales tax payments on receipts from the parish park and exhibition center had not been made to other agencies
  • Required federal reporting related to the detention center expansion project had not been completed, resulting in late payments to contractors.

Said Hartt, “These deficiencies will likely lead to audit findings for the year ended December 31, 2020. Because of these deficiencies, the records cannot be audited on time. I don’t anticipate turning having the records ready to turn over to Billy (Hulsey) until June 1st.”

Hulsey has performed the annual audit for many years, and was last night engaged to do the 2020 audit.

Hart said that a formal exit audit report will be made within the next few weeks. She also asked the jury to approve an application to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor for an extension to the deadline normally required for annual audits.

The jury also approved changing the parish’s ordinance regarding bottle clubs. The action made those establishments illegal.

See here the documents.

Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division head Landon Hunt said that bottle clubs had become a problem, and more so since the Covid-19 shutdowns. The cities of Ruston and Grambling had already outlawed those businesses, it was noted.

Hunt said that about six weeks ago, an event on Haddox Road resulted in over 800 patrons at the event venue. Intoxicated patrons spilled out into the parking lots of several adjacent business, leaving broken bottles and litter in their wake.

Said Hunt, “We called the city (police) out – we had probably six deputies that night, and probably 6 or 7 city police officers to come help to regain control of it.”

Police Jury Tomorrow Night

05/10/2021

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will meet Tuesday, May 11, Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, 910 North Trenton Street. Committee meetings begin at 6:30 PM.

Here are the agendas:

Public Works Committee – 6:30 PM

Police Jury – 7:00 PM