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Former Louisiana State Police Trooper Carl Cavalier holds his uniform at his home in Houma, La. on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Cavalier, a Black state trooper who was once decorated for valor but recently fired in part for criticizing the agency’s handling of brutality cases, says, “If you’re a part of the good ol’ boy system, there’s no wrong you can do. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
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The Louisiana State Police fired Trooper Carl Cavalier on Monday for what they claimed was a lack of “loyalty” to the department. In an interview with WBRZ last year, Cavalier detailed a cover-up tied to the death of Ronald Greene.

In the interview, Cavalier discussed the cover-ups that kept colleagues from facing disciplinary actions for Greene’s death. 

Green led police on a high-speed chase in May of 2019. A minor crash followed the chase, and Green died in police custody. 

State police initially blamed Greene’s death on the crash. Yet after bodycam footage that was initially hidden for two years was obtained and an investigation by the FBI conducted, details of a cover-up and Greene’s brutal assault were apparent.

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State Trooper Cavalier was not involved in the interaction with Greene, but after receiving a copy of the investigative notes from another trooper, he decided to speak out.

“I love what I do,” said Cavalier. “But we still have murderers, in my eyes, on the job. Guys who received a slap on the wrist for their roles in the Ronald Greene incident are unpunished… patrolling the streets and left on the job.”

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Louisiana State Trooper Carl Cavalier (Facebook)

All of the Troopers tied to the cover-up are still employed, including Lt. John Clary who lied about having his body camera on and was never disciplined.

The FBI ordered a new look at the autopsy report for Green after video footage and audio recordings were released of Greene’s assault. 

“I’m your brother, I’m scared! I’m scared!” Greene can be heard telling the white troopers as the unarmed man is jolted repeatedly with a stun gun before he even gets out of his car.

In a leaked audio recording, a trooper can be heard bragging “I beat the ever-living f*** out of him.”

Cavalier formally appealed his termination within 24 hours of being fired. So, it is yet to be seen if he will still be employed by the State Police.

“Anyone that is part of the cover-up and anyone on the scene that failed to act or acted inappropriately, needs to go to jail,” Cavalier said.

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