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Ronald Greene’s death is one of many in which video and witness accounts reveal a clearer picture behind initial police accounts

By Madeline Holcombe and Josh Campbell, CNN Updated 2315 GMT (0715 HKT) May 21, 2021

When Ronald Greene’s family first learned of his death, his mother said investigative officers with the Louisiana State Police told the family he crashed into a tree following a pursuit. But Mona Hardin says she was not told the whole story. Two years later, body camera video has publicly emerged to show some of his horrific last moments. Ronald Greene’s family say they haven’t had time to mourn after seeing video two years later of his fatal encounter with police The footage obtained by the Associated Press shows officers after the crash kicking and tasing Greene — details that the family says were not revealed to them at the time they were told of his death. Now, the family is calling for accountability for all involved. The incident involved “a cover-up on many levels,” his sister Alana Wilson told CNN. The release of the video clips comes as the US Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is investigating the death, along with the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana and the FBI. Greene is one of several Black people who died during police encounters in which the initial official accounts were undermined by the release of cellphone video or body camera footage or by witness accounts of the incident. Here are some of the recent cases that gained attention when police reports were shown to be incomplete or misleading. George Floyd The initial police press release documenting the arrest of George Floyd in May 2020 simply stated: “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. The subject, an adult male believed to be in his 40s, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.” The release also noted that no weapons were used by anyone involved. The report made no mention of Floyd being held down with a knee on his neck for more than 9 minutes. Legal scholar explains the origins of America’s policing crisis and how it may change It wasn’t until cell phone video captured by bystanders was posted that the world heard Floyd crying out that he couldn’t breathe as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him down. The footage went viral, sparking a summer of national protests over policing and racial bias. One bystander who took video, Darnella Frazier, testified during Chauvin’s trial. “I heard George Floyd saying — I can’t breathe. Please. Get off me. I can’t breathe,” she testified. “He cried for his mom… It seemed like he knew — seemed like he knew it was over for him.” Several other bystanders also captured video of the encounter, including another high school student, an off-duty firefighter and an employee at the Speedway across the street. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd. His sentencing is set for June 25. Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter. Chauvin has no prior criminal record, so Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines recommend about 12 and a half years in prison for each murder charge and about four years for the manslaughter charge. But the judge in the case recently ruled Floyd’s murder had four aggravating factors, which paves the way for him to sentence Chauvin to longer than the recommended 12 and a half years. Breonna Taylor The incident report for the botched police raid that led to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT, said that there was no forced entry when in fact Taylor was killed when officers forced their way into her home on March 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Taylor was struck by bullets six times after her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot at officers serving a warrant. Walker later said he believed the officers to be intruders. Killings by police, like the Breonna Taylor case, rarely end in trials or convictions A preliminary Louisville Metro Police Department internal report prepared on the raid that led to Taylor’s death suggested that officers violated department rules by opening fire, even after an officer was hit. The officers, the investigator wrote, “took a total of thirty-two shots, when the provided circumstances made it unsafe to take a single shot. This is how the wrong person was shot and killed.” No officers involved in the raid were charged directly in Taylor’s death. One of the officers at the scene, Brett Hankison, is expected to stand trial in 2022 on charges of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing into an adjacent occupied apartment, according to the state attorney general. Hankison, who was fired in June 2020, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Two other detectives connected to the incident, Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes, were fired in January. Walter Scott In 2015, Walter Scott, 50, was pulled over for a broken taillight by former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager. According to a police report, Slager engaged in a foot pursuit and used his stun gun before shooting Scott. Slager fired eight shots, five of which struck Scott. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A judge declined to toss the federal sentence of ex-officer Michael Slager in fatal Walter Scott shooting Slager claimed he shot Scott because he feared for his life after Scott grabbed his Taser. But cellphone video taken by a bystander captured Slager chasing Scott. Prosecutors say not only did that video show Slager firing at Scott’s back from 17 feet away, but that it showed him dropping his Taser by Scott’s body. In court two years later, Slager admitted to using excessive force, acknowledged that he didn’t shoot Scott in self-defense and said his use of force was unreasonable. He pleaded guilty to depriving Scott of his civil rights under the color of law. In exchange for the 2017 plea, state murder charges, as well as two other federal charges, were dismissed. He is now serving a 20-year prison sentence. Laquan McDonald In the wake of Laquan McDonald’s 2014 fatal shooting by a police officer, 11 Chicago police officers were accused of making false statements to exaggerate the threat he posed. And a former lieutenant who led the shooting investigation allegedly destroyed handwritten notes from witness interviews, the investigative report from Inspector General Joseph Ferguson revealed in 2019. Illinois prosecutors seek stiffer sentence for Jason Van Dyke in Laquan McDonald killing Police initially said McDonald, a Black teenager, approached officers while armed with a knife and refused verbal commands to drop it, prompting Jason Van Dyke to open fire six seconds after getting out of his squad car. He shot McDonald 16 times in October 2014. Thirteen months later, a judge ordered the release of the grainy dashboard police camera footage of the shooting, and the fallout was immediate. The footage showed McDonald walking away from officers, rather than charging at them. Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and was sentenced to 81 months in prison. Four officers were fired and three others were found not guilty on charges of covering up details from the killing. CNN’s Eric Levenson, Aaron Cooper, Jamiel Lynch, Jason Hanna, Ray Sanchez, Omar Jimenez and Scott Glover contributed to this report. Search World US Politics Business Health Entertainment Tech Style Travel Sports Videos Features Weather More US FOLLOW CNN Terms of Use Privacy Policy Accessibility & CC AdChoices About Us Modern Slavery Act Statement Advertise with us CNN Store Newsletters Transcripts License Footage CNN Newsource Sitemap © 2021 Cable News Network.A Warner Media Company.All Rights Reserved. CNN Sans ™ & © 2016 Cable News Network.


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Three days of events to mark one year since George Floyd’s murder

Dan Kraker

May 21, 2021 6:27 a.m.

A person kneels with a sign in front of a mural.

A person kneels with a sign in front of the mural at George Floyd Square after the verdict was announced in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on April 20. Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Chandan Khanna | AFP via Getty Images

National civil rights leaders and family members of Black people killed by police officers around the country will headline a three-day series of events starting Sunday in Minneapolis to mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. 

The George Floyd Memorial Foundation, which was founded by Floyd’s younger sister Bridgett Floyd last August, is hosting what it’s calling the Inaugural Remembrance of George Floyd. 

It kicks off with a rally in downtown Minneapolis at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hennepin County Government Center, featuring Bridgett Floyd and attorney Ben Crump. The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the keynote speech. 

Following the rally, the families of Eric Garner, Botham Jean, Daunte Wright and others killed by police will lead a march through downtown Minneapolis, which will visit several locations important to George Floyd. 

“We really thought that my brother’s death would be the last police brutality case, but as we all can see, they are at it again and again and again,” said Bridgett Floyd. 

She compared Black people to deer that police hunt in the woods. “We are human beings,” she said. We bleed the same way they bleed. There is no reason this should still be happening, and nothing is being done about it.” 

The theme of the three days is “One year, what’s changed?” While some corporations have stepped up to support African American organizations in the year since Floyd was killed, many have not, said George Floyd Memorial Foundation executive director Jacari Harris.

The George Floyd Policing Act, a bill introduced in Congress to address a range of issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability, has not passed yet, Harris added. 

“Many things have not changed,” said Harris. “That is why Bridgett Floyd started the foundation. We will be the change that we wish to see. It starts with ourselves,” he said. 

To that end, organizers are calling Monday a “virtual day of action.” They’re asking people to speak out on social media and contact local officials to help create unity and progress, to take action in their homes or at their workplace. 

Two in-person panel discussions are also scheduled for Monday. 

  • Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson will moderate a panel on racial equality and systemic racism called “The State of Black and Brown America,” featuring Katie and Arbuey Wright, parents of Daunte Wright, and others who’ve lost family members to police violence. 12-1 p.m. at the Westin, 88 S. 6th St. in Minneapolis.
  • George Floyd Memorial Foundation board member Adriannette Williams will moderate a panel called “From Protest to Policy,”  from 3-4 p.m. at The Foshay, 821 S. Marquette Ave. in Minneapolis. 

On the actual anniversary of the killing, Tuesday, a celebration of George Floyd’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Commons in Minneapolis. It will feature national and local musical acts, games and food. 

“We’re gathering and just speaking about the unity in the community. We’re really embracing art, culture and supporting local owned businesses, especially those food trucks who were negatively impacted by the COVID pandemic,” said Harris. 

The separate George Floyd Global Memorial will host a remembrance at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and ending with an 8 p.m. candlelight vigil.

Marches are also scheduled in Houston on Saturday and New York on Sunday. 

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