Man Suspected of Killing Cops Felt Police Violated His Rights

Scott Greene also appears to have a problem with black people
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2016 2:26 PM CDT
Suspect in Iowa Shootings Has History of Run-Ins With Police
Scott Greene   (Des Moines Police Department via AP)

Police say the man suspected of killing two Iowa officers early Wednesday has what the AP calls "a history of racial provocations and confrontations with police." The Des Moines Register reports court records show 46-year-old Scott Greene was charged with resisting a pat down in April 2014 after an officer believed they saw a holster on Greene's belt. Greene pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Two days after that incident, Greene was charged with harassment after he confronted a man in the parking lot of his apartment complex, called the man a racial slur, and threatened to kill him. Greene was sentenced to probation. He was given a mental health evaluation in June 2015.

In an incident just last month, Greene was kicked out of a high-school football game after he displayed a confederate flag in front of a number of black spectators during the national anthem. A man who appears to be Greene recorded two officers after he was removed from the stadium and posted the video on YouTube, the New York Daily News reports. The man in the video says he was "using my constitutional rights" and that he was upset by "blacks sitting through our anthem." He accuses officers of violating his rights. He tried and failed to get a TV news station to run the video. "It's just him recording two officers at a football game," a station editor says. "We didn't do anything with it." Police have not released a motive in the killing of officers Justin Martin and Tony Beminio. Greene turned himself in in connection with the killings. (More police shooting stories.)

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