Police have just released a graphic video from last year in Louisiana that captured the moment when two officers fired on a car, killing Jeremy Mardis, a six-year-old boy and critically wounding his father, Christopher Few.
Prosecutors showed the tape in court on Wednesday in order to support their claim that one of the officers, Derrick Stafford, had a pattern of using excessive force.
Almost a year after the shooting, the public is getting its first look at the footage that even the head of the Louisiana State Police was the most disturbing thing he’s seen.
The state judge presiding over the murder cases against the two deputies allowed reporters to make copies of the tape on Wednesday after a hearing
where it was formally introduced as evidence.
The defense attorneys for Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. argue the deputies acted in self-defense.
They claim Few drove recklessly after leading officers on a two-mile chase. They then claim that Few used his vehicle as a weapon by ramming into Greenhouse’s vehicle.
‘Christopher Few was a suspect before they knew that child was in the car,’ said Christopher LaCour, one of Stafford’s attorneys.
State District Court Judge William Bennett said that the footage doesn’t show Few’s car posing a threat to the officers as they fired shots at the vehicle
“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.”
A video of the deadly shooting can be seen below:
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