After Reviewing Body Cam, 2 Cops Charged with Murder in Killing of 6-yo Jeremy Mardis

jeremy mardis

RIP, dear jeremy mardis.

The initial version of this murder  were murky at best, but once again, but now we know why their narratives hadn’t added up.  These two apparently still haven’t been ‘officially’ interviewed since their arrests.  I’m pressed to time, and as the folks at encourage sharing, I’ll past in their version., below, has the most complete version I’ve seen.

“Marksville, LA – On Tuesday, November 3rd, 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis was tragically gunned down by Louisiana police during a pursuit.

In a press conference late Friday night, authorities announced that two of the four officers involved in the stop have been arrested.

greenhouse and stafford

greenhouse and stafford

Three of the men, Lt. Jason Brouillette, Sgt., Kenneth Parnell, and Lt. Derrick Stafford, worked for the Marksville City Police Department. The fourth, Norris Greenhouse Jr., was a marshal for the Alexandria City Office.

Lt. Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, are the local deputy marshals who fired at least 18 rounds at an unarmed man and his son, killing a 6-year-old boy.

According to the Advocate, 

Stafford, Brouillette and Greenhouse were moonlighting for the local marshal’s office at the time of the shooting, Smith said.

No use-of-force policy exists for the Marksville Police Department, said Smith, nor are there guidelines on shooting at vehicles, a practice frowned upon by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, an umbrella agency for law enforcement groups.

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.

Initial reports claimed that Jeremy’s father, 25-year-old Chris Few, was being served a warrant by Ward 2 City Marshals. However, police now admit that Few was not only unarmed when officers opened fire, there wasn’t a warrant at all.

It was originally reported that Few was cornered in a dead end drive, however, the initial reports were incorrect. Through traffic was indeed allowed at the intersection.

At least one of the officers were wearing a body camera which was on at the time of the shooting. While police have yet to release the footage, the arrests were made shortly after the Louisiana State Police reviewed the video, according to KLFY.

When asked about the body camera footage during the press conference, State Police Col. Mike Edmonson told reporters, “It is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen, and I will leave it at that.”

“That little boy was buckled in the front seat of that vehicle,” Edmonson told reporters. “That is how he died.”

At approximately 10:00 pm, Friday night, authorities announced that Norris Greenhouse Jr. & Derrick Stafford were charged with 2nd-degree murder of 6-year-old and attempted 2nd-degree murder of Chris Few.”

From Norris Greenhouse Jr. & Derrick Stafford: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know’

“Few’s fiancee, Megan Dixon, told The Guardian newspaper on Thursday she watched what led up to the shooting.

Dixon said she saw the two marshals’ black and white cars approaching Few’s vehicle from behind as he pulled away from a bar where they had been talking. She said she saw Few point toward his son, indicating he was in the car and didn’t know what to do.

Few was afraid of the marshals because he had a prior personal conflict with one of them, Dixon told The Guardian.”

Jeremy’s father, Chris Few, remains hospitalized in critical condition, possibly with bullet fragments in his brain and one lung.

Countercurrent News has more ugly stories about students having been abused by ‘school cops’ than you could ever want to read, but this one was also in LA.

Added on edit: : ‘KATC Investigates: Several lawsuits pending against Marksville officers accused in death of 6-year-old’

“In October, 2011, Lt. Derrick Stafford was indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury on two counts of aggravated rape. The case was resolved, we reached out to the clerk of court’s office for the outcome, we are awaiting those documents.

Lt. Derrick Stafford also has five pending civil lawsuits involving him in Avoyelles Parish.  He’s also worked for the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Department, Marksville Police Department and the Chenyville Police Department.  Norris Greenhouse Jr. was also named in several of the suits.  Greenhouse is a reserve officer with the Marksville Police Department, part-time Marksville City Marshal, and full-time Alexandria City Marshal.

All of the following civil suits are still pending in Avoyelles Parish:

January 3, 2011 — While arresting a woman, Stafford allegedly threw her in the backseat with her hands cuffed and tased her without warning in the left side of her stomach while she was sitting in the backseat.

July 4, 2012 — While the Fourth of July parade was in progress, a family with a dog suffering from seizures and a stroke says they tried to get across the parade to make it to a veterinarian’s and was told he could not go cross. The officer allegedly yelled at the wife and the husband ran across the street to make it to the vet. The man later called the sheriff’s office to make a complaint against the officer, and was arrested for disturbing the peace. While he was being arrested, Stafford reportedly arrived and asked to arrest the suspect himself and put his handcuffs on him. The man spent the night in jail and later filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit is still pending.

December 2012 — While breaking up a fight between two girls on an Avoylles Parish school bus, Stafford was working for the City of Marksville and allegedly pulled a 15-year-old girls’ arms behind her back and apparently broke it. The girl’s mother filed suit and it’s still open.

June 18, 2013 — Stafford and Greenhouse were driving a Marksville Police Department cruiser when they ran into an open gate owned by the Avoylles Parish Sheriff’s Department. They sued the department and the case is still open.

July 4, 2013 — Greenhouse and seven other officers, including Stafford,  broke up a fight during a Fourth of July Celebration by pepper spraying into the crowd.  It was here another officer allegedly arrested and assaulted a 14-year-old boy. A mother who was there with her three children, sued. The case is still pending. At the same event another man says he lost his keys in the confusion of the spray, and was slammed to the ground and assaulted by several officers who also allegedly pepper sprayed him again. The man sued. The suit is still pending.

More of their investigation is here.

9 responses to “After Reviewing Body Cam, 2 Cops Charged with Murder in Killing of 6-yo Jeremy Mardis

  1. i only can do one step: SHARING – HERE IN GERMANY, too
    vasting innocent life – on an aldays Frame – this is so

    • sharing is good, curi56, and thank you for stopping by. that the cops knew that the sweet child was in the car marks them as psychopaths.

      our best to you in germany.

      • Thank you! We are busy to do so – and somehow we are growing together – great news: immediately German TV shawn a shortcut from poor child Jeremy Mardis, killed by cop´s “bad Hands”…
        I am not a profi I only share with FB & Twitter – but there are wonderful followers ….sharing & sharing ….

        with my best to you
        Annamaria curi56blogmaker

        • guten morgen, annamaria. “cop’s band hands”, yes, and bad hearts, i reckon. this is a nation that applauds violence, both by military means, police means (as long as it’s directed at some ‘other’, and civilian gun ownership allegedly for ‘defense’.

          but the police are out of control, and the various ‘reforms’ don’t seem to be slowing it down. some states are even introducing bills to prevent citizens from knowing anything about investigations into shootings by police.

          good on your social networking these issues; i don’t partake of any, myself, save for watching some Tweeters for news and photos. ;-)

          • Surprise! – I learned how smart, friendly, jovial American students & profs had been – they show a high level of responsibility for one another – I could watch a very disturbing change – meanwhile and during some years. I wonder why “America” doesn´t handle this horror-Problem “VIOLENCE” – Had to become NR.ONE in science & politic. Massmurder, massincarceration, massfarmanimalstalling*, ALL MUCH TOO big and out of controll.
            when violence is in the Hands of jurisdiction – DANGER! DANGER!
            wrote a book about pigs in CAFOs – it tells more about humans than about pigs.

            • even fast-forwarding the video of so many killings by police is hard to watch. but ‘killed by police’ on facebook has been tracking corporate media accounts of deaths, and says: At least 1,013 people have been killed by U.S. police since January 1, 2015. that’s horrific. the guardian newspaper is counting now, as well, in ‘the counted’ section, and divides them into searchable databases by location, armed or not, complexion/skin hues when possible, etc.

              well, this is a country that was built on genocide of first americans and slavery capitalism, so yeah…quite a history we have. stir in all the jingoistic religious beliefs that god had ordained our expansion and exceptionalism, the belief by many that we really should be the cops of the world as we rape resources for profit militarily…well, you get the picture.

              some people are waking up to the enormity of police brutality, but many are just fine with it — so far. when more of them become ‘the expendable rabble’, or we make it less comfortable for the powers that be to maintain the status quo, it will change. a tall order. yes, in some colleges there i that solidarity, and it’s brilliant, isn’t it?

              but in k-12 schools, there are now 17000 cops busy policing the schools, iirc. schools as prisons. students being brutalized, especially those of color, or expelled for minor infractions.

              this is the category ‘police state’ at the café, and i’d hate to think how many killings we’ve covered here since i built the place. but sandy and perez were indicted for murder in the killing of james boyd, first up in your video; dunno when their trials will begin.

              all the best to you, annamaria.

              On edit, updated: 9/15/2015: Dominique Perez was booked Monday morning just after 8 a.m. on second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges.
              Former officer Keith Sandy was booked Tuesday morning around 7:30 on second-degree murder and aggravated battery with great bodily harm charges.

              Perez was released Monday and Sandy was released Tuesday. Each spent little time in jail.
              Sandy listed his home address as the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, while Perez listed his as APD Main.
              Monday, a judge set their trial dates for Aug. 15, 2016. The trial is expected to last three weeks. Sandy’s attorney said he will seek a change of venue for the trial, as the case has received major attention in the Albuquerque media market.

              They both pleaded not guilty to the charges at their arraignment last Friday.
              ‏@OccupySantaFe Oct 27

              ‘Officer Perez fired from APD’ #JamesBoyd

              • i don´t like to speak about my faith, i was Born in Hungary, no way to even think about to tell someone about my faith. But yes, i am a believer, simple, only serving. That theme: HumansinShadow is initiated by an idea, immediately to Change into an Action. I had horror-German-Angst, as I experienced on which field i was just moving. And i always found cases like those i am Blogging: i never seek, i only find – and this is that “sign”, that it´s o.k., what i am doing.
                By the way, i am sending all cases to the Guardian “The counted”; and say, with deep sorror, that last week i had to Report, to mention, t h r e e cases of Police-violence. The number gets quickly higher! We have this law “If someone has Knowledge from a crime and doesn´t share this with jurisprudence/Police, he makes himself guilty”.
                What i cannot understand, how so Young men & women could dy in Police-custody. It´s not easy to dy for a Young life.
                And i am very surprised that so many victims, Afro-American victims and their families, have no strong lawyers … as a Group-lawyer – not only for single cases…
                There is so much violence – and so few actions, moving, i could feel a lot of APATHY.

                • your faith credo reminds me a bit of ‘the catholic workers’, annamria (and i apologize for not spelling your name correctly earlier). good on you for feeling/sensing that your directions are right.

                  now you did notice that ‘the counted’ is about killings by police in the US, yes? there number does lag behind ‘killed by police on facebook’, but both numbers are horrific, of course.

                  as far as lawyers, both individual and group, go…yes, attorneys can try to put pressure on prosecutors, and many bring civil suits on behalf of their clients. no aggregate numbers of civil awards are available, but this balko piece from 2014 mentions the caveats of ever knowing the true numbers, although he tries to. but for instance, james boyd’s family was awarded $5 million, and others have been as high, iirc. but then, taxpayers foot the bill, an few vote on such an issue, even in municipal elections.

                  one other weirdness in it all is two supreme court decisions that focus on whether or not ‘a peace officer reasonably concludes that his/her life is in danger’ (maybe even ‘imminent danger’), and police ‘experts’ go to great lengths to prove just that. so….almost no cops serve time, no matter how compelling even video cams show what happen. or prosecutors who are quite cozy with police unions (a huge political force), fail to prosecute at tall, which may be afoot with the prosecutor of the two cretins who murdered 12-y-o tamir rice.

                  i agree though, death in custody is one of the worst features of so many killings, either directly or through abject neglect as cruelty. deaths by taser in custody (or on the street) are grotesque, including the fact that coroners often offer a wink and a nod and mention “contributing factors” that led to the death, and tra la la….

  2. These 4 Cops Lied About Getting Shot to Manufacture Outrage Against ‘Black Lives Matter’’ from

    (referencing keegan stephan in nyc, who now has a gig w/ PINAC, photography is not a crime):

    “Four cops from four different departments lied about shootings they were responsible for, and their lies were used by media outlets and pro-police groups to implicate Black Lives Matter protesters each time. It turns out that in all four cases, the officers involved either shot themselves, shot their own car, or were shot by a fellow officer.” the piece exposes all four.

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