As Union Parish DA Belton is forced to drop bogus Obstruction of Justice charge against LSP Lt. John Clary, LSP/JBE cover-up of in-custody death of Ronald Greene becomes much more focused and clear.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards prepares to address a question from Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns regarding what he would say to people who are disappointed that he never testified before the Louisiana Special House Committee investigating the death of Ronald Greene.  Burns posed the question of Edwards at the meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club of May 1, 2023.

On October 31, 2023, we all learned that the lone remaining charge against LSP Lt. John Clary of Obstruction of Justice was dismissed.

In order to provide more thorough and in-depth coverage of our take on the matter, we have delayed making our own post on the matter.

First, let us make a couple of quick observations about the nature of the agreement between Clary and the State of Louisiana:

==> Clary did not enter into any plea agreement nor, as has been reported by other media outlets, did he agree to, “testify against others entailing Ronald Greene’s death.”  What Clary did is commit to prosecutors that, if he is served with a subpoena seeking his testimony, he will testify truthfully.  That’s it.

==> Clary did not receive any commitment from Belton for immunity as part of the agreement.

Let us now consider the following quote from Ronald Greene’s mother, Mona Hardin, found in the above-linked article:

Greene’s mother, Mona Hardin, expressed frustration Tuesday over the duration of the case, but not at Belton’s decision to dismiss the counts against Clary given his cooperation.

“You’re glad to see anybody flip, but it absolutely has no meaning until we’re through,” she said.

We don’t see any “flip,” and we’re going to explain why shortly, and it’s our sincere hope that DA John Belton has not indicated to Hardin that there has been a “flip,” but our thought is that he likely has made such a representation to her.  If so, it’s a representation which we believe is very inaccurate.

So, why did Belton suddenly dismiss the Obstruction of Justice charge against Clary?

Very simple!

We have previously reported that Clary’s attorney, Kyle Green, succeeded in getting Clary’s case severed from the other Greene defendants.  Green then pushed for the fastest possible trial date, and State District Judge Thomas Rogers set the matter for trial on February 26, 2024.

It was at that precise moment that we assert that Green had Belton precisely where he wanted him.  Specifically, Belton was boxed into a corner, and he had to face the music about his ability to convince a Petit Jury that Clary had, “failed to provide a video to investigators.”

Though few people likely clicked on it when we provided a link for it on August 7, 2023, Green, seven days previous to that date, on July 31, 2023, filed this Motion for Grand Jury testimony pursuant to Brady v. Maryland.

From that filing ([Clary] is supplied by us):

In the instant case, Defendant [Clary] is accused of one count of Obstruction of Justice by failing to provide a video to investigators.

Belton’s humongous problem?:  He quickly realized that Green was literally going to mop the floor in court against him as the Petit Jury was shown THIS AXON LOG OF CLARY’S BODY-CAM VIDIO.

That log clearly demonstrates that Clary, despite having been falsely accused by newspaper features across the United States of doing so, most certainly did NOT, “conceal his body cam video for almost two years.”

Let’s present the following table clearing out the noise such as buffering in order to clearly illustrate who accessed and/or downloaded Clary’s so-called “concealed” video and when:

Date and Time (rounded to the minute) of Activity on Clary's Body Cam Video.Nature of Activity.
May 10, 2019 @ 12:32 a.m.Camera activated.
May 10, 2019 @ 1:02 a.m.Recording stopped [Sidebar -- There were actually three (3) Clary videos: the dashcam video (which was useless for shedding light on what transpired), then a body cam video activated at 12:32 a.m. which was stopped at 1:02 a.m., followed by a third body cam video activated at 1:04 a.m. and recording until 1:07 a.m. Clary had left the scene, only to be told that it did not look like Greene had survived, so he returned and, at the 1:05:47 a.m. mark of that third video, he asks for clarification of the suspect (Greene)'s condition. He is told, "not good." He then inquires, "What you mean not good?" The response is, "like 10-7 (completely out of commission)." Clary then inquires, "You mean right now?" All three of Clary's videos are incorporated into the consolidated video of the Greene arrest which we published on May 24, 2021.]
May 10, 2019 @ 4:36 a.m.Video successfully uploaded.
May 10, 2019 @ 5:18 a.m.Video downloaded by Clary.
May 15, 2019 @ 11:11 a.m.Video downloaded by Scott Davis (LSP's then-Use-of-Force expert).
May 21, 2019 @ 4:56 a.m.Video streamed by Kory Borcherding. Subscribers may recall him testifying recently in the matter entailing Lt. Russel Graham and the "swimming pool incident."
September 2, 2020 @ 1:35 p.m.Video downloaded by Richard Buckland (LSP Internal Affairs). That download occurred simultaneously to us making inquiry of LSP videos just prior to breaking the Ronald Greene matter wide open on September 10, 2020.
September 10, 2020 @ 9:48 a.m.Video downloaded by Kevin Ducote (LSP Internal affairs) ON THE VERY DAY that we first exposed the whole Ronald Greene matter!!
April 9, 2021 @ 7;39 p.m.Video again accessed by Scott Davis. This would be three (3) days before a COMPLETELY false narrative by LSP that Clary had, "concealed the video for almost two years."

We’re about to present four (4) videos (which took an unbelievable amount of time and energy) that we believe make it crystal clear that Belton would have gotten his head handed to him on a platter if he dared proceed forward with trial against LSP Lt. John Clary for Obstruction of Justice regarding, “failing to provide a video to investigators.”

We have tried to be as fair as possible to former LSP Sergeant Albert Paxton, and, in that regard, we made no effort to shield Clary from Paxton’s wrath.  Nevertheless, we placed on-screen texts to help guide viewers to the timeline problems and other problems we detect in Paxton’s statements.

In our observation, Paxton’s problematic statements were easily exceeded by his then-supervisor, Lt. Johnny Scott Brown.  We were able to spotlight contradictory statements by Brown, especially regarding when he indicated he first learned of the Clary body cam video.  In our opinion, Brown gave those contradictory statements (which we guide through text messages displayed on his video) because he relied entirely too heavily on Paxton’s “timeline (log) of events.”

We firmly believe that all of the members of the Ronald Greene Committee, which acknowledged having Paxton’s timeline/log, over relied on that same timeline (log).

We believe that anyone investing the minimal amount of time (at least vs. the incredible amount of time it took us to produce them) to watch these four (4) videos will have an extremely difficult time trying to counter our contention that Belton would have quite literally gotten his head handed to him on a platter at trail on February 26, 2024 had he not (wisely, in our opinion) agreed to dismiss the Obstruction charge against Clary.

Here are the four (4) videos:

 

Critical excerpts of then-LSP Sergeant Albert Paxton’s testimony on 3/22/22 before the House Special Committee investigating Ronald Greene’s in-custody death on May 10, 2019.

Critical excerpts of LSP Sergeant Scott Davis, who downloaded the Clary body cam video on 5/15/19, only five (5) days after Clary himself uploaded it and downloaded it onto Evidence.com, on 3/22/22 before the House Special Committee investigating Ronald Greene’s in-custody death on May 10, 2019.

 

Critical excerpts of LSP Lieutenant Johnny Scott Brown on 3/22/22 before the House Special Committee investigating Ronald Greene’s in-custody death on May 10, 2019.  To us, this testimony alone would have made Belton’s task of prosecuting Clary incredibly difficult.

Critical excerpts of then-LSP Lieutenant Col. Kenny Van Buren on 4/28/22 (along with accompanying commentary by others) before the House Special Committee investigating Ronald Greene’s in-custody death on May 10, 2019.  The first 30 seconds of this video completely annihilates ANY chance Belton had for successfully prosecuting LSP Lt. John Clary!

Just listen to all of the people who are readily acknowledged to have not only known about, but actively discussed the John Clary body cam video!  We firmly believe that any law school student having completed even two weeks of the first year of law school could have procured an acquittal for Clary, much less a seasoned attorney like Kyle Green (Clary’s attorney).

Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns pointed out on this June 23, 2023 feature that “something is amiss” regarding the timing of when Clary’s video “surfaced.”  Because Burns has paid laser-focused attention to detail in the Greene matter, he knew the second he read in Kory York’s Kastigar Motion that the Stoughton use-of-force report, which was dated October 20, 2020, relied upon the body camera video of John Clary, that something simply had to be amiss because newspapers across the entire United States reported (we now know totally FLASELY) that Clary had, “Withheld the video for almost two years.”  We are now going to present the 1:45 segment of the video on the preceding June 23, 2023 feature:

June 23, 2023 segment of Sound Off Louisiana feature wherein founder Robert Burns states, “something is amiss” about how Clary can, “conceal a body-cam video for almost two years until April of 2021,” yet that same video is used for a use-of-force report dated October 20, 2020!

In the above video, Burns stresses that, “somebody is not accurate.”  Who?  Louisiana State Police, that’s who!

The Scott Brown video above shows the Committee Members had Paxton’s notes (log).  Briefly, from that log:

April 2021, Clary video discovered. April 12, 2021,

Based on that entry and LSP’s willingness to run to the proverbial house with it, just look at a small sample of news headlines lambasting John Clary published all over the United States:

Huffington Post (New York) Headline.

Mercury News (San Jose, California) Headline.

Whittier Daily News (Monrovia, California) Headline.

Does it really make any sense that Clary would deny the existence of his body cam video and then turn right around less than an hour later and upload the “withheld video?” We firmly believe (as we feel certain a Petit Jury would have concluded), no!  Kyle Green, Clary’s attorney, would’ve had a very long line of witnesses who could have testified about their watching and/or discussing the “withheld video.”

Regarding the 4th video above, we do not believe that Rep. Debbie Villio (R-Kenner) did herself any favors in asking Van Buren if she was, “right or wrong” entailing Paxton not viewing the Clary video.  Why?

Van Buren was smart enough to bring with him for testimony a AXON log showing that Paxton accessed the system in, “July of 2019,” which was at least 51 days after Clary uploaded the video.

Nevertheless, Villio opted to be flippant (and, in our opinion, arrogant and unprofessional) about, “not being born last night.”

We commend Van Buren for brazenly declaring Villio to be “wrong.”  While Van Buren was smart enough to have the Axon log with him, Villio obviously did not bring Paxton’s alleged emails with her which, if she had, she could have read into the record and, very importantly to us, indicated the dates of any such emails.

We’d like to know whether those emails were drafted before or after July of 2019.  If before, that fact would at least lend credence to Paxton’s argument about being denied access to the system.  Nevertheless, even that would fail to negate the fact that he accessed the system after sending the emails voicing frustration.

If Paxton’s emails were dated after July of 2019, then how can we rule out the possibility that he is providing cover for himself after-the-fact for failing to detect and/or download the Clary video?  Quite simply, though we would hope not, we don’t think we can rule out that possibility.

After all, just listen to Paxton indicating that Scott Brown said what “rolls downhill” and that “they” would be blamed for all this.  That sure sounds like a directive to provide cover to us, and that’s why we view the dates of any such emails from Paxton (along with whom he sent such emails to) as critical material that Villio failed to produce during what we deem to have been a very belligerent line of questioning.

The FDIC trained (trains) all its examiners to have a “healthy skepticism” when seeking and/or assessing the material provided by potential targets of an investigation.

Maybe LSP may wish to consider taking out a contract with the FDIC for similar such training.  If LSP does, however, we can’t promise that some of the recent past (present??) wild partying at the FDIC Training Facility in Arlington, Virginia may still be in play (there is never going to be another U. S. Senator with John Kennedy’s unique ability for satire — mixed in with very serious questioning — when questioning officials providing testimony before a Committee which he sits on, huh??!!)

What is deeply troubling to us is that even accepting that Clary’s body cam video “surfaced on April 12, 2021,” (which is a flatly-known falsity), LSP had a full 42 days (42 days!!) to resolve the matter and prevent the AP from running with a blatantly-false headline concerning Clary.

Forty two (42) days!  Brown testifies above that Van Buren and Cammon were in a meeting (see 3:20 mark of video) as they portrayed that this video had “surfaced.”  So, while Paxton’s notes were not accurate on when that video “surfaced,” LSP upper brass certainly did nothing to prevent that AP article from running even though they had 42 days to ensure that nobody uttered that falsity to a major news media outlet.

One historically very-reliable LSP source for us indicated to us that Col. Davis himself promised to, “make the wrong right” regarding what happened to Clary entailing that publication, but the same source indicated Davis never made any such effort to do so.

Let’s emphasize the timing of the “surfacing” of the Clary body cam video and how close that was to the AP first exposing the 30-second segment of the DeMoss video on May 19, 2021, which is 37 days after the “surfacing” of the Clary video and only five days before Clary would be falsely accused of concealing his own body cam video for, “almost two years.”

Though Paxton certainly has to be held accountable for his false statement in his notes about when the Clary video surfaced, we certainly don’t doubt for one second that LSP was more than happy to have Paxton be its patsy.  Why do we say that?  Because, when we were making our public records requests with then-LSP Legal Counsel Faye Morrison (on which she was fighting us tooth and nail), we asked for the accident report entailing Greene.

How did Morrison respond?  After first telling us that nothing was deemed public record at that time (late August – early September of 2020), she then revised her statement about an hour later and said that the following undated report authored by Albert Paxton was the “only” document considered public at that time:

How interesting that the above document, which is frustrating in that it is not dated nor time stamped, but which is clearly wildly inaccurate, would be the only document Morrison would deem to be “public.”  Hence, our willingness to say Paxton may have well served as LSP’s patsy.

We’re not sure how Belton even procured a Grand Jury indictment given that he was fully aware of all of the material that we’ve presented above because it all transpired well before Belton’s convening of the Grand Jury on or around October of 2022.  If, by chance, that indictment arose from false testimony supplied to the Grand Jury, then it’s our firm opinion than any individual providing such false testimony should be charged with perjury.

There is plenty of additional collateral damage pertaining to the falsity regarding the Clary video, but we’re saving that for Installment Two of this series.  We are going to gradually build our case for our firmly-held belief that Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards was in on this cover-up all the way to his eyeballs.

For now, however, we want to make sure the Greene family is aware of our firm belief regarding why Belton dismissed the charge against Clary (i.e. because he was going to get his head handed to him on a platter at trial).

We tuned in to Gerod Stevens’ “reality check” program on October 19, 2023.  On it, Mona Hardin, Ronald Greene’s mother, frequently lambasted Belton along with, “everyone who has touched this case.”  We felt we owed it to her and the family to provide what we believe is better insight on why Belton dismissed the Obstruction charge against Clary.

In conclusion, our sources tell us that Clary has formally submitted his request to return to work at LSP to the current LSP Administration (i.e. LSP Col. Lamar Davis).

We’re told that his request received a very cold reception.

Once Gov. Elect Jeff Landry names Davis’ replacement, it will be up to that individual entailing whether to back Clary’s return; however, it would seem that, with the dismissal of the charge, the following likely may apply:

==> he’s eligible for all leave he burned through since being indicted to be reinstated,

==> he’s entitled to have all of his legal defense costs of defending this matter reimbursed by the State of Louisiana, and

==> perhaps much to the chagrin of many people to include the family of Ronald Greene, he is likely fully eligible to return to active duty with LSP.

We know even as we publish this feature that it won’t be popular with many people, but our goal is to publish the truth and let the chips fall where they may.  Popularity has never been our primary focus since the formation of this blog in June of 2015.

We look forward to delivering Installment Two of this feature in the very near future.

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  1. Based on Burn’s reporting, heads should roll!!!

    The LSP had the Clary video the entire time !!! The allegation that Clary withheld it is false. It is clear that Paxton either did not request the Clary video through proper channels (as Van Buren claimed or was denied access as Villio claimed). Regardless, when Paxton failed to turn over the video to DA Belton, he blamed Clary. An AP reporter ran with the story accusing Clary of “withholding the video for two years”, a fact that he could have easily verified by requesting the Axon logs. WBRZ ran similar inaccurate stories. Based on the fact that Clary properly labeled and uploaded the video to LSP, the AP and WBRZ should issue retractions or at least clarifications. But far worse is the actions of DA Belton. He indicted Clary for obstruction for failing to turn over the video when he knew, and had definitive proof, it was not true. As Burn’s points out, this is the real reason he dropped the charges. Whether this was due to incompetence or something more nefarious, there needs to be an investigation into Belton. He had the Axon logs and knew that Clary did not withhold the video from LSP. If he allowed testimony that he knew to be false or he did not present exculpatory evidence (i.e., the Axon logs) to the grand jury, he needs to be referred to the Louisiana Bar Association. Finally, LSP needs to get to the bottom of whether Paxton simply failed to request the video (as Van Buren indicated) or was denied access which would indicate a coverup.

    As I have said before, Clary and Paxton are distractions. The real issue is LSP tried to cover up Green’s death for more than two years. LSP brass and the Governor want to blame the troopers, but we all know the coverup goes much higher!

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