Family ‘Got What We Wanted’ With Marshals’ Indictment

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

City deputies indicted in fatal shooting of 6-year-old in Louisiana city.

A grand jury in Louisiana indicted two Marksville city deputy marshals Thursday in a shooting last month that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy and critically wounded his father. Meanwhile, another police officer, who arrived on the scene and witnessed the shooting, told authorities that he didn’t open fire because he “didn’t fear for his life,” according to a report by Louisiana State Police. The state police report was released by Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell shortly after charges were filed against the two marshals, Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford.

The document also said Parnell’s body camera shows that Christopher Few’s empty hands are raised and visible inside the vehicle when gunfire becomes audible. Kenneth Parnell III, as well as description of a video shot from a body camera Parnell was wearing. “The body camera video is approximately 13 minutes and 47 seconds long. Police say Stafford, a full-time police lieutenant, and Greenhouse, a former police officer, were moonlighting as deputy city marshals in Marksville on the night of Nov. 3 when they fired at least 18 rounds at a car driven by Chris Few.

They were charged with second-degree murder in the boy’s death and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting and critical wounding of his father, Attorney General Caldwell said in a statement . Amid a national debate over the use of deadly force by police, the shooting of Jeremy — a first-grader strapped into an SUV’s front seat beside his father — sent shock waves nationwide. After Thursday’s indictment, the judge vacated that gag order, according to local newspaper The Advocate, but the video still hasn’t been released. The case also prompted troubling questions: Why were two deputy marshals — whose main job is serving court papers for the city judge — chasing an SUV and shooting at the driver? How did Stafford — who had been charged twice with aggravated rape and has racked up a string of lawsuits accusing him of using excessive force — get hired as a deputy.

That feud appears to be the reason the city marshal’s office began hiring deputies like Stafford and Greenhouse even though Marksville has a full-fledged police force patrolling its streets.

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