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Black Cop Sentenced To 40 Years For Fatal Shooting Of 6-Y-O WHITE Child

Louisiana Officer Sentenced to 40 Years in Shooting Death of 6-Year-Old

Derrick Stafford, 33, was sentenced to 40 years without parole for manslaughter in the death of Jeremy Mardis and 15 years for the attempted manslaughter of Christopher Few. The sentences will run concurrently.

Stafford and another deputy city marshal attempted to pull Few over in Marksville, Louisiana, in 2015 and engaged in a two-mile car chase before opening fire.

Few said he stuck his hand out the window in a sign of surrender, but bullets continued to tear through his vehicle, according to NBC News affiliate WDSU News 6.

Few was wounded. Jeremy was shot five times in the head and chest, killing him.

Norris Greenhouse Jr., 25, the officer with Stafford at the time, is also facing second-degree murder charges.

Greenhouse's trial will take place later this year.

Image: Derrick Stafford
Derrick Stafford, one of two deputies charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jeremy Mardis, a 6-year-old autistic boy. 

Stafford and Greenhouse — who were moonlighting as deputy city marshals on the night of the shooting — were also with two additional officers at the time of the shooting. Those law enforcement officers didn't open fire on Few's car that night.

During an emotional trial, Stafford wept when he saw photographs of the dead child, saying he wouldn't have fired knowing a boy was in the car.

"Never in a million years would I have fired my weapon if I knew a child was in that car. I would have called off the pursuit myself," Stafford said.

Stafford said his reason for opening fire was that he feared Few would reverse and run over Greenhouse. But prosecutors said the officers were at a safe distance from the car and weren't in any danger.

Body-camera video shows the boy’s father had his hands raised in his vehicle while Derrick Stafford and a second officer fired 18 shots after a two-mile chase

A Louisiana law enforcement officer was sentenced on Friday to 40 years in prison a week after a jury convicted him of manslaughter in the shooting death of a six-year-old boy with autism.

Derrick Stafford, 33, was convicted in the November 2015 shooting that killed Jeremy Mardis and critically wounded his father after a two-mile car chase in Marksville.

Ruth Wisher, a spokeswoman for state attorney general Jeff Landry’s office, said Stafford was sentenced to 40 years for manslaughter and 15 years for attempted manslaughter. He will serve the sentences concurrently.

Stafford had faced a maximum of 60 years in prison when state district judge William Bennett sentenced him.

Video from a police officer’s body camera shows the boy’s father, Christopher Few, had his hands raised inside his vehicle while Stafford and a second deputy city marshal collectively fired 18 shots at the vehicle.

Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr, the other deputy who fired his weapon that night, were arrested less than a week after the shooting. Greenhouse, 25, awaits a separate trial on murder charges later this year.

The Advocate reported that Stafford turned to look at Few during Friday’s hearing and apologized.

“I have kids, man,” said Stafford, who was shackled in court and wearing an orange jumpsuit.

Stafford insisted, however, that Few posed a threat and maintained he fired his weapon to stop it. He testified at trial that he didn’t know the boy was in the car when he fired and didn’t see his father’s hands in the air.

He said he shot at the car because he feared Few was going to back up and hit Greenhouse with his vehicle. Stafford said Greenhouse stumbled and fell to the ground as he tried to back away from Few’s car.

Two other officers at the scene – a third deputy city marshal and a Marksville police officer – did not fire their weapons. Prosecutors said the officers weren’t in any danger and shot at the car from a safe distance.

Stafford and Greenhouse are black. Few is white, and so was his son.

Defense attorneys accused investigators of rushing to judgment. One of Stafford’s attorneys questioned whether investigators would have acted more deliberately if the officers had been white.

Marksville residents unsurprised after officers accused in six-year-old's death

Stafford’s aunt, Bertha Andrews, denounced the jury’s verdict outside the courtroom on Friday, calling it a “lynching” and claiming race was a factor in the case.

“If it had been two white men who killed that little baby, it would’ve been justifiable homicide. If it had been a black baby, it would’ve been justifiable homicide,” Andrews told reporters.

Stafford’s attorneys tried to pin the blame for the deadly confrontation on Few. They accused the 26-year-old father of leading the four officers on a dangerous, high-speed chase and ramming into Greenhouse’s vehicle before the gunfire erupted.

But prosecutors said none of the father’s actions that night could justify the deadly response. Marksville police lieutenant Kenneth Parnell, whose body camera captured the shooting, testified that he did not fire at the car because he did not fear for his life.

Few testified that he never heard any warnings before two officers fired. He said he learned of his son’s death when he regained consciousness at a hospital six days after the shooting, on the day of Jeremy’s funeral.

Stafford, a Marksville police lieutenant, and Greenhouse, a former Marksville police officer, were moonlighting as deputies for the city marshal on the night of the shooting. Greenhouse, whose father is a long-time prosecutor in Marksville, resigned from the Marksville police department in 2014.

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Comment by GospelPan on August 1, 2017 at 12:36pm
Well there's your proof, I've been saying it for a while now that if a black cop kills a white person , he will do's absolute proof that there's one law for blacks and another law for whites, even in the police force.

The sad thing is, this was an accidental killing because the officer had no idea there was a child in the car.
Comment by mr1stroke on July 31, 2017 at 3:33pm

well its very simple, Willie Lynch set the rules a negro has to know his place, he should of shot 6 black people, he would be on the job with pay, but no he has to cross the line and kill a 6 year old white kid, there is one rule for black or white cops, do not kill whites no matter what, well lets hear it for the blue wall of silence. Dumb n*****

Comment by Sharon Williams on July 31, 2017 at 3:02pm

This is a double standard!!! Black cop shoots and kills white kid then goes to jail, but what about all the white cops that shot and killed all the black children. They are still running around free of all charges, this is the bullshit. Not saying what he did is not wrong, but if they put a black cop in jail it is not too good for the white cops. They should be accountable for their actions as well!!!!

Comment by AfricanGoddess on April 16, 2017 at 6:51pm

See it deh... the truth in plain view!

Comment by mr1stroke on April 11, 2017 at 11:51am

Fang yes you are right and since they always think they can run back to the community, this is why we should look at them get hang or burn alive and just may be they will realize from the beginning of time, if you dont have the people behind you, no matter how much power you hold, you have nothing eventually, you will be left standing alone

Comment by Fang on April 11, 2017 at 11:31am
Mr1stroke, you are right; many of these black officers supports there white colleagues when they committe crimes agains blacks also killing of blacks because of the socall blue wall...but when these black cop get in trouble, they always run back to the black community for help and support... just like OJ Simpson.
Comment by mr1stroke on April 11, 2017 at 3:01am
Fang put it like this those who hide behind the blue walls are the same one that can stop,injustice and also can make change of they all stand up against the nonsense that is going on they cannot take away their pension or fire them the force will left with no choice and understand they are the one doing the job there fore they need to be safe and earn the trust of the people but by keeping their silence is supporting the bad cops on fact the bad cops do the nonsense in front of the so call good cops it's like what is going to black people all the cop shooting of white people protest against it they would stop but white people don't care so they continue the nonsense every time white people raise hell they change the laws so I do not give no cops a pass if they want to make change for the better they can those black cops who don't stand for the community will. Be left alone of the black cops supported us and stand up for us now we could be out there protesting and he would get justice but no one will be stupid enough to,March for any cops let them,burn,in hell, they think they were safe
Comment by Fang on April 11, 2017 at 2:41am
mr1stroke, you do have a great point, but I do now some cops and they are good, but I do c ur point of view. If the good cops stood up and let there voices be heard agains injustice, racism and unfairness in force and don't hide behind the BLUE wall, that would be great.
Comment by mr1stroke on April 11, 2017 at 2:21am
Fang why do people keep on saying they good cops if there's a code they are not good cops how good is someone when you can sit and watch the unfairness to protect your interest by them keeping their silence are as guilty as the one commuting the crimes so no they are all the same point blank period the only thing is white people set the laws they cherish each other and negros have to obey that's all that set
Comment by Fang on April 11, 2017 at 2:04am
You just can't shoot white people!!!...Didn't this black officer get the memo?.
Us blacks are just target practice for these racist cops on the force, there a lot of good white cops on the force, but the code BLUE that they swore to live by, makes them seems all the same.

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