Body Cam Footage Shows Dad Had His Hands In The Air When Marshals Shot And Killed Jeremy Mardis
Over the weekend, Louisiana marshals Lt. Derrick Stafford, 32, and reserve officer Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting death of six-year-old Jeremy Mardis. Mardis was the passenger in his father Chris Few’s vehicle last Tuesday night, when, for unknown reasons, Few was pursued by city marshals, and cornered on a dead end street before the officers opened fire, severely injuring Few and killing his son.
Stafford and Greenhouse’s arrests came after authorities watched the footage from a body cam worn by a third officer, who has not been charged. The head of the Louisiana state police called it “the most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen.” Today, Few’s lawyer, Mark Jeansonne, reportedly told the Associated Press that the footage shows Few clearly had his hands raised in surrender and the officers unleashed a hail bullets anyway. “This was not a threatening situation for the police,” Jeansonne said.
Initial reports, likely based on whatever the marshals were saying, said that the officers had tried to serve Few with a warrant (for what? unclear!), and he fled in his car with Mardis – when the pursuit was over, the officers said they were forced to shoot in self-defense because Few had reversed his car with the intent of running them over. But their story did not match the evidence, like the spray of bullet holes on the driver’s side which indicated Few’s car was perpendicular to the officers and couldn’t have been reversing. Plus, the whole “warrant” thing turned out to be utter bullshit. There is still no information on why these marshals targeted Few and murdered his son. [Gawker]