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Cop dies in crash HOURS after finding out he’d be fired over death of black man whose family claim he was ‘brutalized’

A STATE trooper got into a car crash and died hours after learning he was would lose his job over his handling of a black man who died in custody. 

Louisiana Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth was involved in a single-vehicle accident early Monday on Interstate 20 near Monroe and hospitalized before being pronounced dead on Tuesday, according to the Ouachita Parish Coroner's Office’s chief investigator Warren Lee.

No details on how the crash happened were released by police. 

Hollingsworth had heard he would be fired in relation to an internal investigation into the death of Ronald Greene, 49, in May 2019. 

Law enforcement officials first reported that Greene committed a traffic violation and then crashed his car into tree during a high-speed chase in a rural part of northern Louisiana. 

However, Greene’s family accused state troopers of brutalizing him and using excessive when they took him into custody. 

Last week, Greene’s family released photographs showing his face cut up and badly bruised, as well as pictures of his car which appeared to have not much damage.

State Police have said that troopers took Greene into custody after a struggle and that he resisted arrest before dying. 

Facing pressure, the agency began an internal probe last month and put Hollingsworth on paid leave on September 9. 

Hollingsworth, who was one of six troopers involved, was the only one who faced punishment so far. 

Greene’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court alleging that the troopers brutalized their family member by using a stun gun three times, beating him and causing him to have a cardiac arrest. 

The family is also accusing the agency of covering up Greene’s cause of death. 

State Police have thus far refused to release body-camera footage and other records. 

Governor John Bel Edwards on Tuesday promised to make the footage public after he views it. 

“The videos will be shown,” the Democratic governor said. 

Edwards added that he was not pleased that 15 months passed between Greene’s death and the start of the internal investigation.

Greene’s family is demanding that the other troopers besides Hollingsworth be arrested immediately. 

“Trooper Hollingsworths family has the finality of knowing exactly how he died as their community mourns his loss,” said Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing Greene’s family.

“The family of Ronald Greene, however, is still being denied the same finality by the State of Louisiana.” 

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