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Police claim Ronald Greene died from a car crash, but new autopsy challenges that claim

An autopsy reexamined by the FBI has disputed the claim made by the Louisiana Police that Ronald Greene’s death was caused by a car accident.

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An autopsy reexamined by the FBI has disputed the claim made by the Louisiana Police that Ronald Greene’s death was caused by a car accident.

A second autopsy found that Greene’s death was due to a number of factors, including involuntary restraint, various strikes to the head by troopers, and the drug use of the 49-year-old. Additionally, Greene’s autopsy determined that his ruptured aorta and fractured breastbone either resulted from immediate lifesaving efforts, such as CPR, or resulted from the efforts of first responders.

The coroner has not yet determined whether or not the new autopsy will trigger the coroner to reclassify Greene’s death as murder rather than accidental. The level of charges available to federal prosecutors and state prosecutors would change if that change is implemented.

The Louisiana State Police told Greene’s family in January of 2019 that he died in a crash resulting from a chase in Monroe. Greene died on the way to the hospital after a struggle with police, according to a statement they released later. The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, refused to release body camera footage of his arrest for more than two years.

May 2021 was the date when it was released. According to the footage, Greene was ordered to remain face down with his feet and hands restrained for over nine minutes. In the process of apologizing, troopers tased him, tackled him, punched him, and put him in a chokehold. There were no charges filed against any of the troopers.

This was released on May 20, 2021. The video appears to show Greene being restrained for over nine minutes while lying face down with his hands and feet bound. Troopers tased him as he apologized for his actions, tackled him, punched him, and placed him in a chokehold. Neither trooper has been charged.

Louisiana State Police officials told Insider that the department is continuing to cooperate and that no further information has been provided about the federal investigation.

“The Department of Public Safety remains committed to professional public service throughout the state, even as it awaits the findings of the federal investigation,” the spokesperson said.

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