A Louisiana state agent has been fired from the department for leaking internal data about the 2019 death of a black motorist who was beaten, tasered and chained face down to the ground before dying in police custody.
Trooper Carl Cavalier, 33, had criticized state police in a number of interviews for their handling of Ronald Greene’s death in May 2019.
The details of Greene’s death had been covered up for two years, until the case was blown open in May this year by a long-hidden video of troopers intoxicating, punching and dragging the black driver.
Troopers initially told Greene’s relatives that the 49-year-old died in a crash at the end of a chase, despite his car showing little damage. Only later did the state police acknowledge that there had been a struggle.
But the lack of response to the murder angered Cavalier, who leaked internal state police files related to the investigation, according to Fox News.
The leaks released bodycam footage in May of this year showing white troopers beating up Greene and dragging him by the ankle cuffs, even as he begged for mercy and whimpered, “I’m your brother! I’m afraid! I’m afraid!’
Cavalier was originally given five weeks of paid leave over the leak, but the agency finally announced this week that he had been fired for violating department policies.
His resignation is expected to take effect 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 meeting state troopers in 2019
In this May 10, 2019 image from Louisiana State Trooper Dakota DeMoss’ body camera, troopers hold Ronald Greene before paramedics arrived outside Monroe, Louisiana
Ronald Greene, pictured, was wrestled from the car and to the ground by police, where he was dragged and chained face down to the ground until he went limp and died
“Trooper Cavalier has received the appointing authority’s decision to proceed with his discharge based on an administrative investigation that he had violated several departmental policies,” a Louisiana State Police spokesman told the network.
“It should be noted that our disciplinary administrative process is not yet complete and Cavalier is still employed at this time.”
“The policy violation disciplinary letter will be made available when complete,” the spokesperson added.
“Cavalier must undergo a fair and impartial trial, and as such, the department cannot comment on pending lawsuits.”
State troopers had arrested Greene for an unspecified traffic violation in May 2019 after a high-speed chase.
Officials were inconsistent with the details of Greene’s death.
His family was initially told that he had died after crashing into a tree, before the story was changed to state that he died on the way to a hospital.
Two years after his death, body camera video footage, released in May this year, showed troopers swarming Greene’s vehicle before firing a stun gun on him as he raised his hands.
Video shows Louisiana State troopers stunning, beating and dragging Greene as he apologizes for leading them on a high-speed chase
The footage then shows troopers wrestling Greene out of the car and onto the ground, where he was dragged and chained face down to 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 custody prompted him to leak state police’s internal records and bodycam footage.
Louisiana Governor Bel Edwards described the images 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 the AP obtained and released the damning body-cam footage, WAFB reports.
Cavalier, who had been with the state police since 2014, went on to give interviews in New Orleans and Baton Rouge about the story of Greene’s death and subsequent attempts to hide it from the public, all before his first suspension.
He even wrote a pseudonymous fiction book on the subject, revealing his experiences as a black police officer in an often hostile work environment, according to NOLA.com.
Reports of Greene’s death remained inconsistent, with Greene’s family being told that he had died after crashing into a tree before the story changed, declaring that he died on the way to a hospital.
On September 30, Cavalier filed a lawsuit against the department alleging discrimination by members of the bureau’s top
On September 30, Cavalier filed a lawsuit against the department alleging discrimination by members of the agency’s top executives.
“After the issue of a ticket to a narcotics officer in the Houma Police Department, the petitioner’s supervisors began to scrutinize all tickets and reports,” Cavalier wrote in his petition.
“Including, but not limited to, viewing body-worn camera videos not related to the use of force, requesting incident reports to be edited and/or rewritten, and receiving harsh criticism about minor issues involving other LSP officers were not reprimanded.”
The trooper claimed he had also been demoted and reassigned multiple times, likely in retaliation for an internal complaint he filed regarding Greene’s death.