By: Matthew Tievsky
On November 3, 2015, Jeremy David Mardis, a 6 year-old autistic boy, was
killed in a hailstorm of bullets fired by two marshals working for the
small town of Marksville, Louisiana. Jeremy was the youngest person killed
by police officers so far this year.
Jeremy was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car driven by his father,
Christopher Few. After Mr. Few had a loud argument with Jeremy’s
mother in front of a bar, Mr. Few drove off with his son. However, as
a result of the argument, someone called 911. Two city marshals, Derrick
Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr., took off after Mr. Few. Marshals for
the city of Marksville generally are charged only with serving arrest warrants.
The two city marshals cornered Mr. Few’s vehicle at a dead-end road.
When Mr. Few (who was unarmed) tried to escape by driving past the marshals,
the marshals opened fire on Mr. Few’s car, firing at least 18 bullets.
Mr. Few was critically injured and is presently in the hospital. Jeremy
was struck five times and did not survive.
When the head of the Louisiana State Police reviewed the forensic evidence
of what happened, including footage from a body camera worn by one of
the city marshals, he immediately ordered the arrest of the marshals,
who were charged with second-degree murder.
Mr. Stafford and Mr. Greenhouse have each had their own run-ins with the
law. Both men were accused of unnecessary use of pepper spray in 2013.
Furthermore, Stafford has previously been indicted for aggravated rape;
and sued for unnecessary use of a Taser, and breaking the arm of a 15
Most police officers do a good job in this country. But a few police officers
take advantage of their authority to do unnecessary violence to innocent
people. Fortunately, in an era of body cameras and cell phone videos,
it’s becoming easier to gather evidence when a police officer wrongfully
hurts someone. If you or anyone else you know has been the victim of police
brutality, you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin,
Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a free consultation.