I first reported on this on November 8, 2015 when the news reported that two officers were charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Since then, I’ve mentioned the name Jeremy Mardis several times; once was in criticism for Blue Lives Matter, who supports law enforcement who are charged with using deadly force. The victims in this case are White, and the officers are Black. Blue Lives Matter has been silent.
CNN now reports that a Louisiana judge released body cam video Wednesday showing officers firing multiple rounds into the car of Chris few, wounding Chris and killing his 6-year-old, autistic son Jeremy Mardis.
The incident happened on September 2015 when Marshals saw an argument between a man and his girlfriend in front of a local bar. Chris Few got into his car. As officers approached the car, Chris drove away. The officers pursued. The video shows that when Few drove into a dead end street, he put his hands up, but the officers opened fire anyway.
Officers Norris Greenhouse Jr., and Derrick Stafford are charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. Their first story was that they were attempting to serve a warrant on Chris Few, however that has been proven false. Greenhouse knew Few before the deadly encounter. Investigators are looking into the extent of their relationship.
Jeremy was shot in the head and chest. At Wednesday’s hearing, State Police forensics experts testified that they determined 18 shots were fired; 14 from Stafford’s gun and four from Greenhouse’s gun. Experts testified that Jeremy was hit five times. Two of the bullets were too damaged to link them to a specific gun. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday evening, Officers Norris Greenhouse, Jr. and Derrick Stafford pursued a SUV driven by Chris Few. It happened about 90 miles northwest of Baton Rouge in the town of Marksville. Few’s 6-year old son was in the passenger’s seat. Few was on a dead-end street, and that is when the two officers opened fire, hitting Jeremy Mardis five times in the head and chest, killing him. His dad was seriously wounded.
There are conflicting reports; some saying that there was a warrant out for Few, and others saying there was no warrant. No gun was found in Few’s possession.
Four officers were involved in the chase. All have been placed on paid administrative leave, but Greenhouse Jr. ,23, and Stafford, 32, have been charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
State Police Col. Michael Edmonson said that they used some of the body cam footage in the investigation to make the decision to charge the two officers.
Greenhouse and Stafford were working second jobs as city marshals when the shooting happened. Greenhouse is a full-time Marksville police lieutenant and Stafford is a marshal in Alexandria.
KATC reports that their investigation uncovered that both officers have been previously accused of civil rights violations.