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Justice Dept. to Probe Civil Rights Abuses by Louisiana State Police

HeadlineJun 10, 2022

The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into abuses by the Louisiana State Police after a series of violent arrests of Black men. The probe is focused on white officers with State Police Troop F, a notorious unit in northeastern Louisiana whose officers have mislabeled body-camera videos, turned off their cameras during arrests, and otherwise worked to hide evidence from investigators. In 2019, Ronald Greene, a Black man, died in the custody of Troop F officers who repeatedly choked and beat him and electrocuted him with a stun gun. Another Black man targeted by the white officers was punched, stunned and hoisted to his feet by his hair braids; another was beaten after he was handcuffed; and yet another was slammed 18 times with a flashlight.

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