Ex-trooper pleads not guilty in motorist's severe beating
MONROE, La. (AP) - A former Louisiana State Police soldier confessed to a federal charge on Wednesday in the video taped in 2019 when a man was beaten whose injuries included a broken jaw and ribs.
Jacob Brown is charged with beating Aaron Bowman after a traffic stop in northern Louisiana.
The hearing in Monroe on Wednesday took place via video conference. Brown's indictment in September came amid state control of other soldiers who beat, drugged, and dragged another black motorist, Ronald Greene, before he died in custody.
Greene and Bowman's beatings took place less than three weeks and 20 miles apart. Body camera videos of the incidents remained under lock and key before The Associated Press received and published them this year. In both the Greene and Bowman cases, civil lawsuits were filed for alleged abuse by state police.
Brown was allowed to retry a pending lawsuit with a $ 50,000 bond. "We are very disappointed that he was not arrested this morning," said Donecia Banks-Miley, a Bowman attorney, outside the courthouse.
“I pray that we will all find justice,” said a hushed Bowman as he stood with his lawyers and supporters, including Greene's mother.
The 2019 state investigation into Greene's death includes an investigation into whether police officers obstructed justice to protect the soldiers who beat Greene after a high-speed chase.
Video and police records show Bowman was hit with a flashlight 18 times in 24 seconds after local MPs stopped him near his home in Monroe for a traffic violation. Brown later said Bowman hit a deputy and the blows were "pain compliance" to handcuff Bowman.
Bowman, 46, denied hitting anyone and is not shown on video how violent it is to officials.
This version corrects that the quote in the 4th paragraph is from Aaron Bowman.
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