“I am hopeful that the outcome of this investigation, which has been pending for more than two years, will provide answers and justice for the Greene family,” said the Democratic governor.
Videos of the incident were not released for two years. It showed Greene being tased, kicked and punched by Louisiana State Police officers before he died in their custody.
The committee will be tasked with reviewing the handling on all levels of Greene’s death, to include receiving testimony from various individuals, a House news release said.
“I look to the committee to provide answers to questions regarding the incident and its handling that would assist members, the family, and the public in understanding what happened and help the state move forward,” said Schexnayder, a Republican.
“The actions taken that night and the cryptic decisions and statements made every step of the way since then have eroded public trust. That trust can only be regained with a transparent and robust search for the whole truth in this matter,” Schexnayder said.
Governor called trooper actions ‘criminal’
The governor said that after the incident, he was briefed by then state police Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves in a May 2019 text that a suspect died following a police chase and a “violent, lengthy struggle” and that the LSP was investigating.
Edwards repeatedly denied he ever misled anyone about Greene dying in a car crash prior to the release of the videos, saying anyone who said that was how Greene died was “obviously lying.”
He said that neither he nor his office ever tried to hide or interfere with any parts of the investigation and he did not see the video until October 2020. And when he did, he did not characterize the footage before it was released publicly because he was told by the Justice Department doing so could hinder their investigation.
Schexnayder, the House speaker, said, “The truth must come out to show what happened in this case and in the events that followed. The public demands it and the family deserves it. No crime should be ignored, no cover-up will be tolerated.”
Greene’s family filed lawsuit against troopers
No one has been charged in Greene’s death.
Greene’s family has filed a wrongful-death civil lawsuit against the state troopers involved in the incident, as well as their superiors, seeking damages for payment for all medical and funeral expenses.
The troopers have maintained that Greene’s death “was caused by crash-related blunt force chest trauma that resulted in a fractured sternum and ruptured aorta” and have maintained they had to use force to restrain him “for their own personal safety and for the safety of the public,” according to court documents.
The state troopers involved were identified as Dakota DeMoss, Kory York, Chris Hollingsworth and Lt. John Clary.
Hollingsworth was set to be terminated, but died in a car crash before he could be fired, Louisiana State Police Col. Lamar Davis said last year.
Clary was not disciplined due to insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the allegation that he intentionally withheld video evidence, according to the LSP. He remains on active duty.
CNN’s Nick Valencia, Christina Maxouris and Maria Cartaya contributed to this report.