Governor Edwards Says He Did Not Cover Up Details in Death of Ronald Greene
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has addressed concerns about his actions after learning about the death of Ronald Greene after an altercation with Louisiana State Troopers.
The Governor says “there are implications that I knew more or that one or more of my staff members tried to cover up what happened. I will say that is simply and categorically false.”
Governor Edwards met with the Legislative Black Caucus and then met with members of the media to discuss the case. This comes after an Associated Press report says the Governor got text messages informing him that Greene died after a violent confrontation with troopers. Some lawmakers accuse the Governor of being deceitful by being silent when troopers claimed Greene died as a result of a car crash.
Greene, a black motorist, died in State Police custody following a violent struggle with troopers in 2019. Edwards claims he did not find out the specific details of Greene's death until 2020.
Will There Be an Investigation?
Some GOP lawmakers are now calling for a full investigation. Even State Attorney General Jeff Landry tells KEEL News he also supports an independent investigation. He says the Governor has repeatedly said one thing to the people of Louisiana, but done something different behind the scene.
Governor Edwards on a possible investigation: "I can't tell you that I welcome an investigation that is an absolute which hunt with no basis in fact. Where would that stop?"
The AP report shows that the Governor was notified within hours of the tragedy that Mr. Greene did survive the wreck, but died in police custody.
Ronald Greene's mother, Mona Hardin is again calling for the Governor to resign and face charges for covering up the crime. She made those comments during an exclusive interview with KNOE in Monroe.