Louisiana trooper says firing is retaliation for speaking out on Black man’s death after arrest

Carl Cavalier, a state trooper with the Louisiana State Police Department allegedly has been fired after he leaked of internal records regarding the 2019 death of Ronald Greene, a Black motorist who was beaten, tased, bound face-down on the ground, and later passed away while in police custody. After the incident, Greene’s family was told that their loved one had died of injuries sustained in a car crash at the end of a chase, although the 49-year-old’s car showed little to support that claim.

Cavalier angered by the way Greene’s case was handled — not much was reported about it for almost two years. He would give a tell-all interview with local news station WBRZ explainung what he believed to be a cover-up about Greene’s death in order to help the officers involved avoid charges.

“I love what I do,’ Cavalier said at the time, “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.”

The 33-year-old was suspended and placed on a five-week paid leave for leaking internal state police files related to the investigation during his appearance in multiple interviews.

After the announcement of the termination, a spokesperson for the LSPD told Fox News Cavalier was let go for violating department policy.  “Trooper Cavalier received the decision of the appointing authority to move forward with termination based on an administrative investigation that revealed he violated several departmental policies,” the rep explained.

“It should be noted that our disciplinary administrative process is not finalized and Cavalier remains an employee at this time.”

“The disciplinary letter with policy violations will be made available when complete,” the spokesperson added. “Cavalier is due a fair and impartial process, and as such, the department cannot provide comment on any pending litigation.”

The trooper’s termination is said to go in effect 45 days.

The firing comes after Cavalier filed a lawsuit, who had been with the organization since 2014, filed against the department accusing his superiors of harassment and discrimination.

In the lawsuit, Cavalier claims his problems started soon after he issued a ticket to a Houma police officer in 2018, WBRZ reported. The trooper told the news station he faced pressure from his bosses and that he was met with sharp criticism in comparison to his peers.

Documents obtained by the news station alleged that state police personnel began harassing Cavalier’s relatives over minor traffic violations. The former officer says that his complaints were ignored. Once he asked the Trooper Employee Assistance Program in October 2020 about the racism he had endured, the suit says Cavalier was told that TEAP members weren’t trained to handle those types of complaints.

Cavalier says that he was demoted and transferred multiple times in retaliation for speaking out. The officer’s termination is reportedly said to go in effect in 45 days.

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