Is Gov. Edwards’ former Constituent Services Representative Valencia Burton (a/k/a “Val”) yet another instance of collateral fallout from the LSP in-custody death of Ronald Greene?

Former Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC) Member Calvin Braxton testifies before the Louisiana House Greene Committee on May 11, 2022.

We have previously demonstrated (on May 11, 2022) that former Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC) Member Calvin Braxton was the key catalyst for our breakout feature on the LSP in-custody death of Ronald Greene, which we published on September 10, 2020.  Despite Braxton’s clear testimony to the contrary, Gov. Edwards’ Office steadfastly stood by his prior statement that Gov. Edwards learned about the true nature of the Greene death only upon reading that initial feature we published.

Braxton, at his May 11, 2022 testimony, responded to questions from Louisiana State Rep. Debbie Villio (R-Kenner) entailing when he informed Gov. Edwards’ Office of his own knowledge of the Greene incident (which he’d shared with us as well via retired LSP Lt. Leon “Bucky” Millet).  Let’s take just a couple of minutes to see that exchange between Villio and Braxton:

5/11/22 exchange between Braxton and Villio entailing when Braxton told the Governor’s Office and his Office’s response.

As Braxton indicates, he informed “Val,” who is Valencia Burton, who remains on the Governor’s website despite the fact that all ties with Burton and Gov. Edwards’ Office were severed last week (or at least that’s the timeframe multiple sources informed us of that development).   We were able to confirm Burton’s departure; however, Gov. Edwards’ Office steadfastly declined our multiple attempts to obtain the timing and circumstances of her departure.

Once Gov. Edwards dug his heels in and stuck with the September 10, 2020 date even after Braxton’s testimony, we suggested that the Greene Committee subpoena Burton and have her corroborate or repudiate Braxton’s testimony.  The Committee may find that task a tad more difficult now that she’s no longer with Gov. Edwards’ Office, but somehow we believe they can probably still pull it off if the Committee is so inclined.

Again, our repeated efforts to get comment from Gov. Edwards’ Office were fruitless.

Finally, as we said we would, we did send LSP Col. Lamar Davis a certified letter yesterday strongly encouraging him to issue an Order prohibiting the destruction of any documents of the LSP Training Academy until further notice.  We sincerely hope (and have some reason to believe) that he took our letter to heart!

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