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Trooper who faced firing in Black man's death dies in crash

Posted at 3:03 PM, Sep 22, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state trooper has died following a single-vehicle crash hours after learning he would be fired for his role in the in-custody death of a Black man last year.

Authorities say Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth was mortally wounded in a highway crash early Monday.

He had been placed on paid leave this month amid fallout from the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene, which has become the subject of a federal civil rights investigation and a wrongful-death lawsuit alleging he was brutalized by troopers following a high-speed chase.

Police have refused to release video or records of the arrest.