Ronald Greene died last year after a confrontation with State Troopers in Louisiana. Now, the Associated Press obtained a 27-second audio clip of one of the officers who was implicated bragging about choking Greene and watching his body go “limp.”
Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, who died last week in a single-car crash, was heard in the audio clip bragging about brutally attacking Greene.
“I beat the ever-living f— out of him,” the trooper said.
As the AP reports, “it is the most direct evidence to emerge yet in the death last year of Greene, which troopers initially blamed on injuries from a car crash at the end of a chase.”
“Choked him and everything else trying to get him under control,” Hollingsworth is heard saying, apparently in his part of a phone conversation with a colleague.
“We finally got him in handcuffs when a third man got there, and the son of a b—– was still fighting him, was still wrestling with him trying to hold him down,” he said. “He was spitting blood everywhere and all of a sudden he just went limp.”
Lee Merritt, an attorney for Greene’s family, responded to the evidence coming to light. “It is shocking that this evidence has been withheld for over a year,” said Merritt.
Eugene Collins, president of the Baton Rouge branch of the NAACP, called Hollingsworth’s remarks “disgusting and morally bankrupt” and said the recording raised new questions about the actions of other law enforcement officials familiar with Greene’s death.
“How far did this coverup go?” Collins asked in an interview. “We are deeply saddened in the actions of State Police and call on the governor to take swift and aggressive action.”
You can read the full report HERE.