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After backlash from lawmakers, former State Police leader turns over personal journal amid Ronald Greene probe

2 years 3 weeks 6 days ago Thursday, May 26 2022 May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022 4:45 PM May 26, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Weeks after a committee looking into Ronald Greene's death held the former Louisiana State Police superintendent in contempt for not turning over journal entries, Col. Kevin Reeves's lawyer agreed to turn over the journal if it remains under seal. 

As part of the agreement, the House and Governmental Affairs Committee agreed to defer the resolution to hold Reeves in contempt if the journal was turned over under seal. State Representative Tanner Magee and Representative Stefanski went to attorney Lewis Unglesby's office Thursday and retrieved the missing pages. 

Thursday morning, the committee grilled Unglesby for hours about journal entries his client wrote.

Weeks ago, Reeves was held in contempt and faced a possible $5,000 fine for not turning over journal entries Reeves wrote that may have pertained to Greene's death. That went before the House and Governmental Affairs committee which was tasked with ratifying the decision.

"We're not hiding anything," Unglesby said Thursday. "Kevin Reeves is not concerned for a second for himself in terms of these journals."

That committee agreed not to hold Reeves in contempt since he's now turning over the journal entries in question.

"There is nothing to hide," Unglesby said.

"Given the amount of coverups that I've seen already, I don't trust many people to look at these records and give me an honest opinion," Rep. Tanner Magee, Chairman on the Committee investigating Ronald Greene's death. "I don't know whats in there but I need my diligence to go in and find the documents. This is not a court of law this is the legislature and our right to the documents."

The WBRZ Investigative Unit exposed cover-ups tied to Greene's death in 2020, more than a year after Greene's death. Initially, State Police told his family he died because of injuries sustained in a crash. Body camera footage showed Greene was alive when troopers pulled him out of his vehicle and brutally beat him.

Late Thursday evening, the journals were turned over to Magee. Any personal information was redacted.

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