Greene allegedly “ambushed” Sergeant Anthony Beminio of the Des Moines police department and Officer Justin Martin, who worked in the upscale suburb of Urbandale, early on Monday morning. Des Moines police spokesman Paul Parizek said it appeared that Greene had acted on his own.
“There’s nothing to indicate right now that there was anyone else involved,” Parizek said.
Greene is accused of attacking the two officers as they were sitting in their patrol cars around 1 a.m. on Monday
Parizek did not comment on a motive, but a video posted to YouTube last month by someone calling themselves Scott Greene shows a run-in with police. While the maker of the video is not seen in the footage, the 10-minute long clip has a male voice arguing with officer, claiming someone had taken away his Confederate battle flag at a Des Moines event.
The man is heard saying “African-American people” took his flag and “assaulted” him, and that he intended to press charges.
“You have to understand, in the current social climate that we’re in, when you fly the Confederate flag standing in front of several African-American people, that’s going to cause a disturbance, OK, whether you intended to or not,” a female officer then responds.
The Confederate battle flag was used by the slavery-endorsing southern states in the US Civil War and is seen as a sign of racial bigotry by many Americans.
Lynch: Don’t jump to conclusions
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch cautioned against jumping to conclusions in light of the racial tension currently felt across the country, particularly between black Americans and the police in the wake of a string of shooting deaths of unarmed African Americans.
“This is a time of particular tension and mistrust between law enforcement and many communities,” Lynch said from Washington, adding that “there is no message in murder. Violence creates nothing. It only destroys.”
In this case, though, Greene and both victims were white.
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