Another shot-by-cop killing has created a furore where a 6 year-old autistic boy with his hands up was shot by police when they fired on his car, severely wounding the driver and killing the boy.
The claims were made by the man’s lawyer after a hearing in a Louisiana jail when lawyer Mark Jeansonne, representing the father of the boy, Jeremy Mardis.
“This was not a threatening situation for the police,” said Jeansonne.
Jeansonne said the two local marshals were ordered held on $1 million bonds. Derrick Stafford, 32, of Mansura, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, of Marksville, are both charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
The lawyer said he still hasn’t seen the video, but its contents were described to the judge during the hearing.
He also said that while Few’s condition is improving, he has not yet been told that his son died at the scene.
State police declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
Associated Press report that the possibility that the officers could post bond and be released Monday, despite the murder charges, didn’t sit well with some townspeople who gathered outside the jail.
“The same day the boy is being buried,” said Barbara Scott. “Shame, shame, shame.”
“This child couldn’t hurt a fly and his life is gone. I feel justice was not served,” added Latasha Murray.
Louisiana State Police announced late Friday that they had arrested the two marshals in Tuesday’s shooting, which raised questions from the start. Initial reports suggested the marshals had been serving a warrant on Few, but Louisiana’s state police chief, Col. Mike Edmonson, said there was no evidence of a warrant, nor was there a gun found at the scene.
Investigators have been reviewing forensics evidence, 911 calls and body camera recordings, which Edmonson described at a news conference Friday. State police said the boy died wearing his seatbelt in the front passenger seat.
Source: Associated press