No, in fact, I do not always defend police when they draw their weapons and use them. Someone accused me of this recently. What I do is wait for evidence before deciding whether or not the police were justified in using deadly force. I take that evidence, and rely on some folks more knowledgeable than me in use of force cases, and THEN I make a decision. Many times, in fact most of the time the facts destroy the types of narratives Black Lives Matter activists create and the media exploits for ratings. But in this case, I am horrified at the actions the police took. Bob Owens tells the sickening story of a six-year-old boy who paid the price for gross negligence and incompetence by two cops who will likely be in prison for a long time soon.
The body camera video released yesterday as evidence in the up-coming 2nd degree murder trials of two Louisiana police officers isn’t particularly graphic, but it nonetheless heartbreaking.
Police have released body camera footage showing two officers firing on a car and killing a six-year-old boy in Louisiana.
Jeremy Mardis was fatally shot by officers Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr, 23, last November in Marksville as they pursued his father, Chris Few.
The video from the body camera shown above shows the end of a several-mile police pursuit. What still isn’t clear almost a year after the incident is why Stafford and Greenhouse began the pursuit. Originally, they claimed that Few was wanted on an outstanding warrant, but he did not have any warrants out for his arrest.
In any event, Few fled officers, drove down a road that ended in a heavy metal gate access gate, and turned onto a narrow dead-end side road or driveway. Noticing that there was no outlet, Few put his vehicle into a reverse and began backing up.
A body camera worn by Sergeant Kenneth Purnell captured the video above and some audio of Stafford and Greenhouse firing.
Purnell’s body camera shows that Few was not backing up his vehicle towards officers or attempting to use it as a weapon. He was merely trying to escape.
There was no plausible legal reason for them to open fire as the vehicle was backing up.
More chillingly, it shows that they continued to fire even after Few had his hands raised and the vehicle had stopped. Stafford and Greenhouse fired a total of 18 rounds into the vehicle. Few was hit twice and critically injured.
Few’s son, six-year-old Jeremy Stafford, was struck five times in the back seat of the vehicle and was killed instantly.
Not only was their decision to shoot completely unjustifiable, their accuracy was horrific, spraying the entire passenger compartment of the vehicle, hitting and killing a small boy several feet removed from their target at relatively close range, inside 10 yards.
Horrific, absolutely sickening. The vast majority of police take their duty seriously, and only use deadly force when they are compelled to by a suspect. As I said in most cases the police use such force in a proper manner. These two? They deserve what is coming