At the House Oversight Committee Investigating the In-Custody Death of Ronald Greene of April 28, 2022, Rep. Debbie Villio (R-Kenner) poses some probing questions of LSP Lt. Col. Chavez Cammon regarding when Gov. Edwards may have been informed of the true nature of Greene’s death.
When everything was reaching a crescendo between legislators, the public, and Gov. Edwards entailing the Louisiana State Police (LSP) in-custody death of Ronald Greene, Gov. Edwards held a press conference on February 1, 2022 immediately after having met with the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.
During that press conference, Edwards stated that he first learned of the nature of Greene’s death by reading material as part of a blog post (almost assuredly this one) which contained extensive details of allegations contained in a Federal Lawsuit filed by Greene’s family entailing his death.
We published that feature on September 10, 2020 before any feature of Greene’s death was published and, through investigative reporting of WBRZ reporter Chris Nakamoto, we later learned that Louisiana State Sen. Jimmy Harris (D-New Orleans) immediately shared it with Gov. Edwards’ Executive Counsel, Matthew Block (see texts here). Hence, that’s clearly the reference Edwards was making, which would mean that he maintains that the date he first learned of the true nature of Greene’s death would be Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Several events, including one definite and one potential hearing for Contempt Charges lodged against former LSP Col. Kevin Reeves, may very likely shed significant insight into whether Edwards may have possessed knowledge of the true nature of Greene’s death far sooner than when Edwards admitted such knowledge at that February 1, 2022 news conference.
In a stunning development at the April 28, 2022 Louisiana House Oversight Special Committee Meeting on the Death of Ronald Greene, Rep. Debbie Villio (R-Kenner) openly inquired of Lt. Col. Chavez Cammon whether Gov. Edwards may have been told about the nature of Greene’s death far sooner than Edwards admits.
Her line of questioning seemed to catch Cammon off guard, particularly when Villio made reference to Calvin Braxton, a former member of the Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC) and on whom we have reported upon extensively concerning his ongoing litigation against the Louisiana State Trooper’s Association (LSTA). Let’s take just a few minutes to take a look at that fascinating exchange:
4/28/22: Rep. Debbie Villio (R-Kenner) poses questions to Lt. Col. Chavez Cammon regarding when Gov. Edwards may have first been informed about the nature of Ronald Greene’s death.
The video above speaks for itself, so we aren’t going to elaborate upon it other than to say we would not be surprised to see Braxton appearing before the Committee soon to clarify matters.
Beyond what we anticipate in terms of Braxton testimony, there is a potential hearing before the Louisiana Sen. Judiciary B Committee entailing potential Contempt charges against former LSP Col. Kevin Reeves.
If and when that hearing transpires, it will entail the House Oversight Greene Committee’s frustration that Reeves, guided by his attorney, Lewis Unglesby, is being quite selective about just what he will and will not release to the Committee Members entailing contents of several journals with handwritten notes he kept on LSP affairs.
Finally, Reeves faces a Contempt of the LSPC in a matter to be considered on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
That hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m.
Let’s take some time to see attorney Jill Craft, who serves as attorney for whistleblower Carl Cavalier (who was terminated by LSP Col. Lamar Davis but is appealing both a 200-hour suspension for writing a book and his termination as separate disciplinary actions) vent at the April 14, 2022 LSPC meeting.
At that meeting, Craft expressed extreme frustration at Reeves, retired LSP Major Jason Turner (both of whom did not honor subpoenas served upon them to appear before the LSPC on that date), and Louisiana State Police, all of whom (which) against Craft seeks to be held in Contempt of the LSPC:
4/14/22: LSPC Meeting during which attorney Jill Craft seeks Contempt charges against former LSP Col. Kevin Reeves, former LSP Major Jason Turner, and LSP itself.
We’re going to wrap this feature up by outlining a few dates of which we have first-hand knowledge entailing the Ronald Greene matter:
|Date of Greene-Related Event.||Nature of Greene-Related Event.|
|May 10, 2019.||Greene suffers in-custody death at hands of LSP troopers.|
|October 12, 2019.||Gov. Edwards barely misses re-election for Governor outright and must face 2nd place finisher, Republican Eddie Rispone, in a runoff.|
|November 16, 2019.||Gov. Edwards prevails over Rispone by 1.4 percentage points. Openly declares, "How sweet it is!"|
|May 6, 2020.||Greene family files lawsuit (initially in Pennsylvania) for alleged wrongful death of Greene.|
|Early May, 2020.||Captain Chris Eskew is transferred to Internal Affairs, where he'd previously been detailed in 2011 to oversee allegations of Trooper misconduct.|
|Soon after May 6, 2020 (exact date not known, but it was quick).||Greene litigation transferred to Federal Court for the Western District of Louisiana.|
|Late May to Early June, 2020.||We at Sound Off Louisiana hear reports that an in-custody death may have transpired at the hands of LSP Troop F troopers.|
|May 25, 2020.||George Floyd dies at hands of Minneapolis police.|
|May 26, 2020.||Nationwide riots and protests transpire entailing Floyd's death.|
|June 5, 2020.||Gov. Edwards appoints LSP Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Mike Noel as Chairman of Gaming Commission.|
|June 16, 2020 at approximately 12:40 p.m.||Sound Off Louisiana's Burns engages in conversation with an associate referencing what he's heard about the protests and the fact that he's heard reports of an LSP in-custody death in Monroe that would, "make Floyd seem lightweight by comparison." Burns also speculates on his own with that associate that he could see why officials at the highest level of Louisiana state government would be fearful that, if the details of that death become public and they are as alleged to Burns, Louisiana may have demonstrations similar to those transpiring across the nation regarding Floyd.|
|June 17, 2020 - early August, 2020.||We begin contacting some of our most reliable LSP sources about the nature of the in-custody death.|
|August 17, 2020.||Hearing several duplicate accounts that LSP Trooper Chris Hollingsworth turned off his body camera upon the arrest of Greene, we make public records request for Hollingsworth's disciplinary file.|
|August 21, 2020.||LSP responds with a three-page (for which they insisted that a check for $0.75 be provided before release) irrelevant traffic accident from 2009 and indicates that is all there is in Hollingsworth's file.|
|September 10, 2020.||We publish the Ronald Greene initial feature with the details of the civil suit on prominent display.|
|September 22, 2020.||Days after IA interviewed Hollingsworth and then-Col. Reeves notified him he would be fired for his role in Greene's death, Hollingworth dies in a one-car crash (many said suicide but coroner officially ruled death an accident).|
|Early to mid October, 2020.||Gov. Edwards views Clary video.|
|Early to mid October, 2020.||Gov. Edwards' attorneys visit with DA John Belton and subsequently indicate the Clary video is shared with Belton and members of the Greene family (a claim they would later vehemently deny).|
|Early to mid October, 2020.||Eskew makes apparent conscious decision to withhold Clary video both from the Bureau of Investigations and State District Attorney John Belton.|
|January 11, 2021.||We published feature on former Lt. Col. and Chief of Staff Mike Noel's "sanitized phone."|
|April 19, 2021||Captain Eskew is promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, angering many rank and file troopers because of his past history of theft of satellite/cable TV services, for which he received a 44-hour suspension.|
|May 19, 2021||Associated Press reporter Jim Mustian releases video of Ronald Greene's arrest.|
|May 20, 2021||LSP Col. Lamar Davis, Lt. Col. Doug Cain, Lt. Col. Chavez Cammon, LSP Legal Counsel Faye Morrison all travel to Monroe to visit with DA Belton after the release of the Ronald Greene videos.|
|May 21, 2021||LSP releases all of the videos it claims to have in the Ronald Greene arrest.|
|June 8, 2021 at approximately 8:30 p.m.||We are asked to provide direct evidence that Noel's phone was "sanitized." We complied with the request (stated to be urgent) by supplying those inquiring with this brief email from then-LSP Counsel Faye Morrison|
|June 8, 2021 at approximately 9:00 p.m.||We are informed that Gov. Edwards is "meeting with an influential legislator" about the next day's confirmation hearing for Noel. We learn later that night that the hearing is going to be called off and that Noel will announce his retirement rather than face "a grilling about his knowledge of what all transpired in the Greene death."|
|June 9, 2021.||Noel's confirmation hearing is abandoned as he abruptly retires.|
|September 10, 2021||Responding to public outcry, LSP's Col. Lamar Davis hosts a press conference to address concerns over lack of transparency at LSP and communicate results of investigation of Clary video's delayed discovery by LSP.|
|September 15, 2021.||Gov. Edwards stuns listeners during an interview with Jim Engster when he continued to describe any LSP coverup as "media hype or just plain false."|
|February 1, 2022||Gov. Edwards states that he first learned of the true nature of Greene's death on September 10, 2020 via the above-linked blog post and its details of the Federal lawsuit filed by the Greene family.|
The coming days and weeks could get very interesting indeed!
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