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Ronald Greene biography: 13 things about Monroe, Louisiana man


Ronald A. Greene was a black man from Louisiana, United States. He died while in custody of Louisiana State Police troopers.

“Okay, okay, I’m sorry,” Greene told the officers hours before his death. “I’m scared. Officer, I’m scared, I’m your brother, I’m scared.”

The troopers involved in Greene’s fatal arrest are all white. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lived in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. (a)
  2. He was originally from Florida, USA. He had a criminal record there including arrests for theft and drug possession, among others. (b)
  3. He is Mona Hardin‘s oldest son, Denelle Hardin‘s brother and Elijah Baker‘s cousin. (c)(d)(e)(f)
  4. When he was a child, he used to come home with no clothes or no shoes and he would say, “Ma, there was somebody that needed it more than me,” according to his mother. (e)
  5. He was a barber. He often offered young customers free haircuts. (c)(e)
  6. In 1995, his daughter Tayla Greene was born. (e)
  7. In 2015, he was convicted of burglary and grand theft ad served more than a year in prison. (b)
  8. From 2018 to 2019, he battled cancer. He later went into remission. (a)
  9. On May 10, 2019, he was driving a silver Toyota on his way to meet his wife in Florida. Shortly after midnight, Louisiana State Police troopers Dakota DeMoss, Chris Hollingsworth, Kory York and Lieutenant John Clary stunned, punched, choked and dragged him as he apologized for leading them on a high-speed chase along a highway in Monroe. He later became unresponsive and died on his way to the hospital, according to the Louisiana State Police’s Criminal Investigations Division. His family was informed that he died on impact after crashing into a tree during the chase. (a)(b)(c)(g)(h)
  10. He died at the age 49. (a)
  11. In 2020, the National Football League honored him through the league’s helmet decal program. Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Cam Robinson chose to wear his name on his helmet and badges. Also in 2020, Union Parish Coroner Renee Smith said his death was ruled accidental and attributed to cardiac arrest. The autopsy said he died due to cocaine induced agitated delirium complicated by motor vehicle collision, physical struggle, inflicted head injury and restraint and lacerations on his head were inconsistent with motor vehicle collision injury but are most consistent with multiple impact sites from a blunt object. (c)(f)(g)(i)
  12. On May 6, 2020, his daughter Tayla filed a wrongful death lawsuit against DeMoss, Hollingsworth, York, Clary, captain John Peters, sergeant Floyd McElroy and deputy sheriff Christopher Harpin and three unknown manufacturers of the electronic control weapons used by the officers during his fatal arrest on May 10, 2019. During a two-hour interrogation on September 16, 2020, Hollingsworth portrayed himself as the victim in the arrest, saying, “I was scared. He could have done anything once my hold was broke off him and that’s why I struck him.” On September 22, 2020, Hollingsworth died in a high-speed, single-vehicle highway crash on Interstate 20 near Monroe. (j)
  13. On May 21, 2021, the Louisiana State Police released nine body camera and dash camera videos taken during his fatal arrest on May 10, 2019. On May 22, 2021, his brother-in-law Jay McGowan revealed that in their last conversation before his death, they talked about starting a program to feed the homeless. (a)(c)(h)(k)


2 replies »

  1. I can’t believe the level of widespread corruption that defines not only the LA State Police but the Governors’ office as well. Our Justice Dept and Attorney General should have intervened 8 months ago. Merrick Garland is not capable of delivering justice.


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