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Union Parish Prosecutor Pursues Charges In Ronald Greene's Death

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STATE CHARGES PENDING? — Union Parish District Attorney John Belton says he intends to pursue his own case against the Louisiana troopers involved in the deadly 2019 arrest of Black motorist Ronald Greene. Belton told the special Ronald Greene legislative committee Thursday that U.S. Justice Department prosecutors dropped their request for him to hold off on state charges until the federal probe is complete. And said as soon as he gets the DOJ’s investigative report, he will request a special Grand Jury be impaneled in Union Parish.

“I believe some of the officer’s actions were above the law and committed criminal acts including violating Mr. Greene’s civil rights,” Belton said.

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Union Parish Prosecuting Attorney John Belton appeared before the special legislative committee on Ronald Greene's death, 04.07.22.

In May of 2019, Ronald Greene died alongside a dark Union Parish road after a police chase ended with a crash. Bodycam videos were leaked that showed troopers dragging, shackling, and brutally beating him. Nearly three years after Greene's death, no one has yet been criminally charged.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.