Footage shows troopers stunning, hitting, and dragging a Black man before his death. Police initially claimed he died in a car crash.

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  • Body-camera footage obtained by the AP provides insight into how a Louisiana Black man died in 2019.

  • Ronald Greene was stunned, hit, and dragged after leading troopers on a car chase, the video shows.

  • State troopers previously said Greene had died "on impact" after crashing into a tree.

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Body-camera footage showing the arrest of Ronald Greene, a Black man who died in Louisiana State Police custody in 2019, has been made public.

Forty-six minutes of footage from police body cameras, obtained by The Associated Press, show officers stunning, hitting, and dragging Greene as he apologizes for leading them on a car chase and tells them he was scared.

State troopers previously blamed injuries that led to Greene's May 2019 death on a car crash at the end of the chase in Monroe, Louisiana. Later, state police acknowledged that Greene had struggled with officers and said he died on his way to the hospital in a one-page statement that provided no additional details.

For two years, state officials have dismissed calls to release footage that could reveal what had caused the 49-year-old's death.

The graphic footage released Thursday shows one trooper putting Greene in a chokehold on the ground and punching him in the face. Another officer can be heard calling Greene a "stupid motherf---er."

Greene yells "I'm sorry" while a trooper stuns him on his backside, telling him, "Look, you're going to get it again if you don't put your f---ing hands behind your back." A different officer drags Greene facedown after he has already been restrained with cuffs.

The troopers leave Greene lying facedown and moaning for more than nine minutes as they clean themselves up, the AP reported.

"I hope this guy ain't got f---ing AIDS," one of the troopers said.

When Greene reappears on camera after several minutes, he is being loaded onto a gurney with his arm cuffed to the rail, according to the AP. He appears unresponsive and bloody.

"They murdered him. It was set out, it was planned," Greene's mother, Mona Hardin, told The Associated Press. "He didn't have a chance. Ronnie didn't have a chance. He wasn't going to live to tell about it."

His family has filed a federal wrongful-death lawsuit alleging the troopers "brutalized" Greene before covering up how he died.

Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana allowed Greene's family to view the footage last year, the AP reported.

On May 10, 2019, Greene failed to pull over for a traffic violation, which is where the footage begins. State troopers chased Greene, who was driving an SUV, on rural highways at over 115 mph.

According to the AP, there were at least six troopers on the scene, but not all had their body-worn cameras turned on.

The exact cause of Greene's death remains unclear. A Union Parish coroner told the AP last year that he had ruled the death accidental and attributed it to cardiac arrest.

A medical report obtained by the outlet last year shows an emergency-room doctor said Greene was dead when he arrived at the hospital and had two stun-gun prongs in his back.

The state police did not open an investigation into the incident until 474 days after Greene died.

Greene's arrest is the subject of a federal civil-rights investigation.

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