Police body camera video showing the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old autistic boy by police officers in Louisiana has been released to the public.
Jeremy Mardis was in a pickup truck being driven by his father during a police chase in Marksville in November 2015 when he was shot and killed. The two deputies who shot Jeremy, Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford, are facing charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
Chris Few, Jeremy’s father, was also shot, but survived. The deputies began chasing Few after he had an argument with his girlfriend. They said they were chasing him because of an outstanding warrant, but officials now say there were no outstanding warrants for Few’s arrest.
The video, which you can watch below, was called “the most disturbing thing I’ve seen” by Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmondson in the days after the shooting. The shots occur at the beginning of the video, which starts with no sound:
The officer wearing a body camera arrives at the end of the chase and approaches Few’s vehicle as other officers surround it. The audio is not working at the start of the video, and only the final shots can be heard.
The officer then calls in shots fired, and after more than a minute, the officers approach the vehicle. Few’s bloodied body can be seen slumping out of the window of the driver side. None of the officers appear to provide medical aid to Few or Jeremy.
The officer walks up to several other cops and whispers that there is a kid in the car. Greenhouse replies, “no, don’t tell me that bro.”
Later, Greenhouse says, “I never saw a kid in the car.”
The officers have claimed self defense, but investigators say they video shows Few had his hands up, was not armed and was not using his vehicle as a weapon when the officers opened fire.
A judge ruled that the video should be made public during an evidentiary hearing in the case. The video was recorded on the body camera of an officer who did not fire his weapon.
Jeremy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Eighteen shots were fired by the officers, and Jeremy was hit four times. His father was shot twice. The first trial, against Stafford, is set for November. Greenhouse is set for trial in March.