A Louisiana state trooper has been fired from the department for leaking internal records about the 2019 death of a black motorist who was beaten, tased and shackled face-down on the ground before dying in police custody.
Trooper Carl Cavalier, 33, had criticized the State Police in a number of interviews for their handling of the death of Ronald Greene in May 2019.
The details of Greene’s death had been covered up for two years, until the case blown open in May this year by long-withheld video of troopers stunning, punching and dragging the black motorist.
Troopers initially told Greene’s relatives the 49-year-old died from a crash at the end of a chase, despite his car showing little damage. It was only later that state police acknowledged there had been a struggle.
But the lack of reaction over the killing angered Cavalier, who leaked internal State Police files related to the investigation, according to Fox News.
The leaks forced the release of bodycam footage in May this year, showing white troopers beating Greene and dragging him by his ankle shackles, even as he pleaded for mercy and wailed, ‘I’m your brother! I’m scared! I’m scared!’
Cavalier was originally placed on a five-week paid leave over the leak, however the agency ultimately announced this week that he was fired over violating department policy.
His firing is expected to become effective in 45 days.
Pictured: Carl Cavalier criticized State Police in a number of interviews for their handling of the death of Ronald Greene – a black man who died after a 2019 encounter with state troopers
In this May 10, 2019 image from Louisiana State Trooper Dakota DeMoss’ body camera, troopers hold Ronald Greene before paramedics arrived outside of Monroe, Louisiana
Ronald Greene, pictured, was wrestled out of the car and to the ground by cops, where he was dragged and shackled face-down on the ground until he went limp and died
‘Trooper Cavalier received the decision of the appointing authority to move forward with termination based on an administrative investigation that revealed he violated several departmental policies,’ a Louisiana State Police spokesperson told the network.
‘It should be noted that our disciplinary administrative process is not finalized and Cavalier remains an employee at this time.’
‘The disciplinary letter with policy violations will be made available when complete,’ the spokesperson added.
‘Cavalier is due a fair and impartial process, and as such, the department cannot provide comment on any pending litigation.’
State troopers had pulled over Greene for an unspecified traffic violation back in May 2019 following a high-speed chase.
Officials were inconstant with details of Greene’s death.
His family were initially told he had died after crashing into a tree, before the story was changed to state he died enroute to a hospital.
Two years after his death, body-camera video footage, released in May of this year, showed troopers as they swarmed Greene’s vehicle before using a stun gun on him while he raised his hands.
The video shows Louisiana state troopers stunning, punching and dragging Greene as he apologizes for leading them on a high-speed chase
The footage then shows as troopers wrestle Greene out of the car and to the ground, where he was dragged and shackled face-down on the ground until he went limp and died, Fox News reported.
The department refused to release the video in the two years since Greene died in police custody, which was eventually obtained by the Associated Press.
Cavalier said the lack of action and obfuscation regarding Greene’s untimely death while in police custody prompted him to leak the internal State Police records and body-cam footage.
Louisiana Governor Bel Edwards described the footage as ‘disturbing and difficult to watch.’
One of the officers responsible for Greene’s death, Louisiana State Trooper Dakota DeMoss, was fired in June, a month after AP obtained and released the damning body-cam footage, WAFB reports.
Cavalier, who worked at the State Police since 2014, then went on to give interviews in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on the story of Greene’s death and ensuing efforts to cover it up from the public, all before his initial suspension.
He even wrote a book of fiction under a pen name on the subject, which revealed his experiences as a black police officer in an oftentimes hostile work environment, according to NOLA.com.
Reports of Greene’s death remained inconsistent, with Greene’s family being told he had died after crashing into a tree before changing the story and stating he died en route to a hospital
On September 30, Cavalier filed a lawsuit against the department, claiming discrimination by members of the agency’s top brass
On September 30, Cavalier filed a lawsuit against the department, claiming discrimination by members of the agency’s top brass.
‘After issuing a ticket to a narcotics officer with the Houma Police Department, Petitioner’s supervisors began subjecting all tickets and reports to additional scrutiny,’ Cavalier wrote in his petition.
‘Including, but not limited to, watching body-worn camera video not related to use of force, requesting that incident reports be edited and/or rewritten, receiving harsh criticism over minor issues where other LSP commissioned officers were not reprimanded.’
The trooper alleged he was also demoted and transferred multiple times, likely in retaliation for an internal grievance he had filed regarding Greene’s death.