Graphic body cam video released of Louisiana boy's shooting by police

Graphic body cam video released of Louisiana boy's shooting by police
First posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 08:18 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 11:42 PM EDT
MARKSVILLE, La. — After a police body camera captured two deputy city marshals firing on a car and killing a 6-year-old boy, the head of the Louisiana State Police said the video was the most disturbing thing he’s seen.
Nearly a year later, the public is getting its first look at the graphic footage.
The state judge presiding over the murder cases against the two deputies allowed reporters to make copies of the tape Wednesday after a hearing where it was formally introduced as evidence.
Prosecutors and defence attorneys previously described in writing how the footage depicts the shooting, which stops less than a minute into the video. The rest of the nearly 14 minutes of footage shows the stomach-churning aftermath, as the officer with the body camera checks on the lifeless body of Jeremy Mardis while his critically wounded father, Christopher Few, lies bleeding on the pavement.
Prosecutors showed the tape in court Wednesday to support their claim that one of the deputies, Derrick Stafford, had a pattern of using excessive force — including last November’s fatal shooting of Jeremy Mardis in Marksville.
Matthew Derbes, a prosecutor from Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office, said Stafford’s pattern of hurting people he’s arresting also provides a motive for shooting at Few while his hands are raised.
“Motive is something the jury wants to hear,” Derbes said. “Why would they do this?”
Defence attorneys for Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. argue the deputies acted in self-defence. They claim Few drove recklessly while leading officers on a two-mile chase and then rammed into Greenhouse’s vehicle as he was exiting it, before he and Stafford opened fire.
“Christopher Few was a suspect before they knew that child was in the car,” said Christopher LaCour, one of Stafford’s attorneys.
While the video doesn’t capture the entire pursuit, state District Court Judge William Bennett noted that the footage doesn’t show Few’s car posing a threat to the officers as they fired.
“That car was not being used as a deadly weapon at that time,” Bennett said. “I daresay it was not even close to being used as a deadly weapon at that time.”
The video from the body camera worn by Marksville Police Sgt. Kenneth Parnell III lacks audio for the first 27 seconds. The deputies began shooting before the audio begins.
Prosecutors say the video shows the deputies firing from a safe distance from Few’s car. Stafford’s attorneys, however, argue the 27-second-long segment without audio makes it impossible to determine if he started shooting before or after Few raised his hands inside the car.
After the shooting and sirens stop, somebody yells at Few to show his hands. Few was slumped over the blood-stained door on the driver’s side of his car when officers approach him.
“Is he hit at all?” Stafford later asked Parnell.
“Who?” Parnell replied.
“The driver,” Stafford said
“Yeah,” Parnell responded.
“I never saw a kid in the car, man,” Stafford said. “I never saw a kid, bro.”
About seven minutes after the shooting, Parnell opened the passenger door to Few’s car, shone a flashlight onto Mardis, nudged his right shoulder and checked for a pulse. Then he walked over to another officer and said he found a faint pulse on the boy.
Donning surgical gloves, Parnell walked back to the boy’s side of the car and shone a light on the boy again.
“Oh, my God,” he muttered.
Several minutes later, a paramedic told Parnell the boy was dead.
Defence attorneys have suggested investigators rushed to judgment. George Higgins, one of Greenhouse’s attorneys, said investigators have no evidence that any of the bullets fired by Greenhouse struck Few or his son.
Higgins asked State Police detective Rodney Owens during Wednesday’s hearing why the deputies were arrested before obtaining results of ballistics tests.
“You didn’t know that Mr. Greenhouse did not shoot anybody when you arrested him?” Higgins said.
Owens acknowledged that he didn’t. But investigators later traced 14 shell casings to Stafford’s semi-automatic handgun and determined four other shell casings recovered at the scene came from Greenhouse’s gun. Of the four bullet fragments recovered from the boy’s body, three matched Stafford’s weapon and another couldn’t be matched to either deputy.
Owens also testified that there isn’t any physical evidence that Few’s car collided with Greenhouse’s vehicle, but he couldn’t rule that out as a possibility.
Stafford and Greenhouse await separate trials on second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder charges.
Stafford, a Marksville police lieutenant, and Greenhouse, a former Marksville police officer, were moonlighting as deputy marshals on the night of the Nov. 3, 2015, shooting.
Stafford’s trial is scheduled to start Nov. 28; Greenhouse has a March 13, 2017, trial date. Bennett refused Wednesday to consolidate the cases for a single trial.
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson cited the video when he announced the arrest of the two officers on Nov. 6.
Warning: Video is graphic of nature
Jeremy Mardis, six, was fatally shot by two Louisiana police officers. (File Photo)
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Curious Cdn
It's a war. The police are at war

,.. against the rest of us.
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It's a war. The police are at war
,.. against the rest of us.

You are a dick.
Curious Cdn
Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

You are a dick.

You are an ignoramus.

Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

You are a dick.

You are an ignoramus, hence your hillbilly politics.
It's simple
If you shoot a gun and you aren't exactly sure about what you are shooting at, you are a piece of turd of epic proportions...
cop or not

Kill a child by incompetent stupidity, or by criminal stupidity....?
Gee, seems much worse then raping a kid now don't it?

at least these turds weren't sniping children from a wall like some epic turds do
but maybe they have been influenced by training police chiefs have been getting
from the wall turds

* any resemblance to posters names is entirely coincidental...
don't get lock nuts over it please*
Last edited by Danbones; Sep 29th, 2016 at 06:13 AM..
lone wolf
Maybe it's time to disarm the cops and have them safely locked away in the trunk. Apparently firearms safety and restraint is no longer a requirement, Yeah ... crooks will be armed. The shootee can thank his predecessors for his fate while he lays bleeding.

Poor solution? I agree. If you're pissed I know how much you matter. Lousy shooting? Lately, most of them have been
18 shots!! when the car is stopped and the guys has his arms out the window. The little boy took 3 bullets, what the f%$k is going on in the US? What kind of training or is there any training given for cops? This one has to be manslaughter for sure.
The shooting laid bare tensions between the city of Marksville and a local marshal agency led by a school bus driver who lacks basic law enforcement certification. Marksville Mayor John Lemoine previously told The Advocate that Ward 2 Marshal Floyd Voinche Sr. recently began recruiting part-time officers and obtaining squad cars to issue tickets, without permission from city officials.