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15 Apr 2022

Police official on leave amid probe over Ronald Greene death

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April 15, 2022 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Louisiana State Police Lt. Col. Doug Cain, the agency’s second in command, confers with Gail Holland, a Louisiana State Police attorney, while testifying Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Baton Rouge, La., before a legislative panel conducting an “all-levels” probe into the fatal 2019 arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene. (AP Photo/Jim Mustian)

By Kevin McGill


NEW ORLEANS — Under increasing pressure from state lawmakers, the head of Louisiana State Police placed his second-in-command on leave last Friday while an investigation continues into the wiping of cellphone data during an investigation into Black motorist Ronald Greene’s 2019 death after a violent arrest by state troopers.

Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis released a statement saying he placed Lt. Col. Doug Cain on paid administrative leave “to eliminate any questions into the integrity of the investigation.”

Cain acknowledged last month that he was under internal investigation for having his cellphone data erased amid the ongoing federal investigation into the video-recorded arrest of Greene, who died in custody after being repeatedly punched, stunned, and dragged by troopers following a highway chase. Cain denied any wrongdoing.

Davis’ move came a day after lawmakers on a special committee looking into the Greene case complained about the lack of action against the troopers involved in Greene’s arrest and the higher-ups in charge of investigating the case.

“We’re exceeding the speed limit,” state Rep. Tony Bacala said during Thursday’s hearing, as the investigation of Cain was discussed, “and you all are putting down the road.”

Nearly three years after Greene’s May 10, 2019, death along a rural roadside in northeast Louisiana, no one has been criminally charged.

John Belton, the district attorney in Union Parish, where Greene died, said he was first alerted to a report on Greene’s death in September 2019. He alerted federal authorities and said he has held off on prosecutions at the request of federal prosecutors as they pursued the case.

Belton said the federal investigation continues but he’s been released from his promise to stand down and plans to request a court to impanel a special grand jury to look into Greene’s death.

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