Louisiana state trooper charged in pummeling of Black man

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A former Louisiana State Police trooper has been charged with a civil rights violation for pummeling a Black motorist 18 times with a flashlight — the first criminal case to emerge from federal investigations into troopers' beatings of at least three Black men.
FILE - This Dec. 10, 2020 photo provided by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office shows Louisiana State Police Trooper Jacob Brown. Graphic body camera video kept secret for more than two years shows Brown pummeling Black motorist Aaron Larry Bowman 18 times with a flashlight, an attack Brown defended as "pain compliance." (Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

FILE - This Dec. 10, 2020 photo provided by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office shows Louisiana State Police Trooper Jacob Brown. Graphic body camera video kept secret for more than two years shows Brown pummeling Black motorist Aaron Larry Bowman 18 times with a flashlight, an attack Brown defended as "pain compliance." (Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)



A grand jury on Thursday indicted Jacob Brown for the 2019 beating following a traffic stop that left Aaron Larry Bowman with a broken jaw, broken ribs and a gash to his head. Brown was charged with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, federal prosecutors said.

Man speaks out after encounter with police leaves him with broken bones and a head gash that required six staples to close. (August 25)

Brown's indictment comes as the federal prosecutors on the case are scrutinizing other troopers who punched, stunned and dragged another Black motorist, Ronald Greene, before he died in their custody on a rural roadside. The probe of Greene's 2019 death has grown to examine whether police brass obstructed justice to protect the troopers who beat the Black motorist after a high-speed chase.

Body camera video of both beatings, which took place less than three weeks and 20 miles (32 kilometers) apart, remained under wraps before the AP obtained…
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