Jeremy Mardis (2009-2015), a six-year-old elementary school student, was shot dead by police on November 3rd 2015 in Marksville, Louisiana. Of the 1,005 Americans killed by police so far this year, he is the youngest, the only one under age 16.
The police said that they were serving an arrest warrant on his father, Chris Few. Three police cars chased Few’s silver pickup. Few turned down a dead end road – then tried to ram one of the police cars. He exchanged fire with the police. Mardis was in the front seat. He was hit by a bullet and died.
As it turned out, there was no warrant for Few’s arrest. Few did not ram anyone’s car. Few did not have a gun.
The police shot 13 to 18 times. Two bullets struck Few. He was taken to a hospital and lived. Five bullets struck Mardis. He died at the scene.
Lt. Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr. (pictured above) were the two killer cops. They were moonlighting as marshalls, working for a judge rather than the town. Greenhouse and Few wanted the same woman, Megan Dixon. It seems she had been sleeping with both of them.
There were two other officers at the scene. One had a body camera. It showed Few with his hands up.
Within 72 hours, Stafford and Greenhouse were arrested and charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. They are in jail on a $1 million bond.
No one said, “wait for all the facts to come in.”
No one said, “be patient, let the process work.”
No one said there was “a rush to judgement”.
No one said, “Not all cops are bad.”
No one called a grand jury.
No one blamed Mardis for his death. Or his sister. Or his mother. Or even his father, who was right there.
No one demonized his parents.
No one searched his school records.
No one said Mardis was “no angel”. Instead they said he was “a special gift from God.”
No experts were paid to find that the killing a six-year-old boy was “objectively reasonable”.
No one talked about White-on-White crime.
No one had to march or protest.
No one had to pay for an independent autopsy.
No one had to call the Justice Department.
And no one had to say, “White lives matter.”
Instead, Colonel Michael Edmonson, the head of the state police, said, after seeing the video:
“I’m not gonna talk about it, but I’m gonna tell you this. It is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen and I will leave it at that …. As a father, much less the head of the State Police, [it was] extremely disturbing.”
“Nothing is more important than this badge that we wear on our uniform. The integrity of why we wear it, because the public allows us to wear that. It’s not a right, it’s a privilege. And tonight that badge has been tarnished.”
Meanwhile, Tamir Rice’s killer, almost a year later, is still enjoying a paid vacation.
Thanks to Anne for suggesting this post.
– Abagond, 2015.