According to recent court filings, Louisiana State Police troopers joked in a group text about beating a Black man after a high-speed chase last year, saying the “whoopin” would bring the man “nightmares for a long time.”
Trooper Jacob Brown, who was charged in the case and resigned Wednesday, texted three of his coworkers, “He going to be sore tomorrow for sure. Warms my heart knowing we could educate that young man.”
The arrest of Antonio Harris, 29, in May — who authorities believe was beaten by troopers even though he “immediately surrendered” — bears a striking similarity to the State Police chase that resulted in the death of another Black motorist, Ronald Greene, a year earlier.
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Greene’s death was caught on body-worn camera video that the department failed to reveal, and the case is still being investigated by the federal govt.
Brown, a 30-year-old who faces charges in two other excessive-force events, had pulled Harris over for a traffic infraction on Interstate 20 in Richland Parish when Harris returned to his car and bolted, state police said.
The responding troopers, who are white, assaulted Harris despite the fact that he had surrendered and “laid face down (prone) on the ground with his arms stretched away from his body and his legs spread apart,” according to an internal report.
According to court documents, the first trooper, Dakota DeMoss, “delivered a knee strike” to Harris and struck him in the face with an open palm before turning off his body-worn camera.
Another trooper, George Harper, 26, struck Harris in the head repeatedly with a fist “reinforced” by a flashlight and tried to “punish” him, while Brown pulled on Harris’s hair.
The State Police internal investigation found that Harris did not resist arrest at any point.