JUST IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING.....

6 YEAR OLD AUTISTIC BOY KILLED BY POLICE; FATHER IN CRITICAL CONDITION; TWO OFFICERS ARRESTED

On Tuesday, four police officers gave chase to an SUV occupied by 25 year old Chris Few and his six year old autistic son, Jeremy Mardis.  Jeremy is dead and Chris is in critical condition in a Louisiana hospital.  Two of the four Marksville, LA, deputies involved in the shooting have been arrested and are identified as Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford.  While the investigation is ongoing, the death of Jeremy Mardis has caused a flurry of commentary and outrage across the country.  I happened upon the following which I’ve copied from the comments section of a Yahoo article about the shootings.

Apparently the information included in the post below is true as other commentators posted links to most of the information contained below. 

Commenter 58 minutes ago
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The two Marksville City Marshals now under arrest for a boy's murder have been accused of civil rights violations in the past. Lt. Derrick Stafford also has five pending civil lawsuits involving him in Avoyelles Parish.In October, 2011, Lt. Derrick Stafford was indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury on two counts of aggravated rape. The case was resolved, we reached out to the clerk of court's office for the outcome, we are awaiting those documents.

Lt. Derrick Stafford also has five pending civil lawsuits involving him in Avoyelles Parish. He's also worked for the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Department, Marksville Police Department and the Chenyville Police Department. Norris Greenhouse Jr. was also named in several of the suits. Greenhouse is a reserve officer with the Marksville Police Department, part-time Marksville City Marshal, and full-time Alexandria City Marshal.

All of the following civil suits are still pending in Avoyelles Parish:

January 3, 2011 -- While arresting a woman, Stafford allegedly threw her in the backseat with her hands cuffed and tased her without warning in the left side of her stomach while she was sitting in the backseat.

July 4, 2012 -- While the Fourth of July parade was in progress, a family with a dog suffering from seizures and a stroke says they tried to get across the parade to make it to a veterinarian's and was told he could not go cross. The officer allegedly yelled at the wife and the husband ran across the street to make it to the vet. The man later called the sheriff's office to make a complaint against the officer, and was arrested for disturbing the peace. While he was being arrested, Stafford reportedly arrived and asked to arrest the suspect himself and put his handcuffs on him. The man spent the night in jail and later filed a lawsuit. The lawsuit is still pending.

December 2012 -- While breaking up a fight between two girls on an Avoylles Parish school bus, Stafford was working for the City of Marksville and allegedly pulled a 15-year-old girls' arms behind her back and apparently broke it. The girl's mother filed suit and it's still open.

June 18, 2013 -- Stafford and Greenhouse were driving a Marksville Police Department cruiser when they ran into an open gate owned by the Avoylles Parish Sheriff's Department. They sued the department and the case is still open.

July 4, 2013 -- Greenhouse and seven other officers, including Stafford, broke up a fight during a Fourth of July Celebration by pepper spraying into the crowd. It was here another officer allegedly arrested and assaulted a 14-year-old boy. A mother who was there with her three children, sued. The case is still pending. At the same event another man says he lost his keys in the confusion of the spray, and was slammed to the ground and assaulted by several officers who also allegedly pepper sprayed him again. The man sued. The suit is still pending.

The two men were also named in a July lawsuit filed in federal court in Lafayette against the city, Chief Smith, and five other Marksville police officers. The suit was filed by Ian Fridge of Ascension Parish, who was booked in Marksville in July 2014 with resisting an officer, battery on an officer, remaining after being forbidden and possession of firearms on a premises where alcohol is served. 

The arrest report Fridge filed with his lawsuit contains affidavits from Stafford and Greenhouse. Stafford wrote a report indicating he and Greenhouse went to the Marksville Art and Music Festival to look for a man who festival-goers complained was wearing a holstered gun on the festival grounds. They allegedly found Fridge walking around wearing an LSU T-shirt and a Desert Eagle .40 caliber pistol strapped to his leg, the lieutenant's report states.
Stafford alleges that he told Fridge to take his gun to his car, because he couldn't carry it at an event where alcohol was sold. Fridge argued, and when he placed his hand on his gun Greenhouse grabbed him, Stafford alleges. Fridge continued to argue and fight with the officers and elbowed Stafford in the face. Stafford then says he pulled his Taser and fired on Fridge. At that time Greenhouse was able to handcuff Fridge.

The police report accuses Fridge of having an odor of alcohol on his breath, but he denies drinking at the event. He claims the officers taunted him to try to persuade him to draw his weapon, and accused him of being from out of town. He claims in his suit that he offered to take his gun to his car, but was "startled by the unanticipated use of force." He denies resisting the officers, and claims the officers were shouting things like "stop resisting" for the benefit of onlookers. 

Fridge claims he told officers he had just had surgery on his shoulder and wrist, at which time the officers tightened the handcuffs on his wrists. He also claims that he was hit by the Taser after he was cuffed and lying facedown on the ground. Fridge also alleges that the officers deleted video of the incident he had managed to capture on his cell phone.

NOTE:

 "When I see murder, I cannot stand by," he [Quentin Tarantino] said at the rally, "and I have to call the murdered the murdered, and I have to call the murderers the murderers!"

QUENTIN TARANTINO WAS SLAMMED BY THE NATIONAL POLICE UNION FOR SAYING THIS AT A RALLY IN NEW YORK CITY. 


Sometimes the truth is hard to take.  

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