Published: March 16, 2022

By: Piper Hutchinson, LSU Manship School News Service

Ronald Greene, a 49-year-old Black man from Monroe, died in 2019 after a car crash and being beaten by State Police troopers. Louisiana State Police Bodycam video via the Associated Press.

BATON ROUGE–The mother of Ronald Greene gave tearful testimony Tuesday to a House committee investigating the circumstances of his death, calling her son’s killing and the handling of the state police investigation a “black eye for the state of Louisiana.”

Mona Hardin broke down sobbing at the witness table as she called out the state police for the death of her son, who died after being tased and beaten while in custody.

“There was a reason why my son was killed: Because state troopers are judge, jury, and executioner,” Hardin said.

Hardin echoed lawmakers in criticizing Col. Kevin Reeves, the retired superintendent who oversaw the state police at the time of Greene’s death, for giving insufficient answers to the committee.

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