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Documents expose state police cover-up attempt in Greene death

FILE - In this May 10, 2019 image from Louisiana State Trooper Dakota DeMoss' body camera, Louisiana state troopers hold Ronald Greene before paramedics arrive outside of Monroe, La., in a May 10, 2019 image from the body camera of Trooper Dakota DeMoss. Documents obtained exclusively by AP show top state police officials claiming Greene died of injuries when his car crashed, even though they were aware of body camera video showing troopers stunning, punching and dragging Greene as he apologizes after a high-speed chase. (Trooper Dakota DeMoss / Louisiana State Police via AP)

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Jim Mustian scored yet another exclusive in his groundbreaking coverage of the death of Black motorist Ronald Greene in the custody of Louisiana state troopers, obtaining internal documents showing police brass still trying to blame Greene’s death on a car crash, more than a year and a half after they were aware of body camera footage showing troopers brutalizing the unarmed man.

The agency sought to reduce its liability in Greene’s 2019 death despite footage showing troopers stunning, punching and dragging the unarmed man — and one trooper’s startling admission that he bashed him in the head with a flashlight, a use of deadly force not previously reported.

Mustian’s deeply reported story — which had AP’s second-highest reader engagement for the week — showed in startling detail how everyone from top brass to troopers on the scene were involved in trying to cover up or downplay their roles in Greene’s death.

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