NEWS BRIEF A Louisiana court released police body-camera footage Thursday that shows the final moments of a car chase and two officers firing into a white SUV at an unarmed man. It also shows the moment they realize that also in the vehicle is 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis, belt buckled beside his father and dead from five bullets.
The video shows the SUV stopped alongside a central Louisiana road swarmed by police cars. The audio only starts after officers have fired 18 shots at the driver, Chris Few, who slumps to the side with his hands out the window. Officers don’t realize there’s someone else inside the SUV until minutes later when they finally check on Few, who survived. “There’s a juvenile,” one officers says, and moments later someone is heard vomiting.
“I never saw a kid in the car, bro,” says an officer.
“Yeah,” says the officer wearing the camera, “he’s ahh...the kid is...”
The police shooting last November in Marksville, which is near the Mississippi River, attracted almost no national attention. The video has only been made public now because a judge ordered it released in an evidentiary hearing during the murder trial of the two officers who fired that night. Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford, both city police marshalls, are both charged with second-degree murder.