On Wednesday, a Louisiana court released body-camera footage of the fatal police shooting of a 6-year-old autistic boy named Jeremy Mardis which took place in November 2015.
According to CNN police officers Derrick Stafford, 33, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 24, were attempting to pull over Mardis' father, Christeropher Few, to serve him a warrant but Few rammed his car into the officers' squad car. The footage shows that soon after, Few stopped his car and raised his hands in the air, and it was then that the two officers on the scene opened fire.
"I dare say it [Few's car] was not even close to being used as a deadly weapon at that time," U.S. Disctrict Court Judge William Bennet said after releasing the video, which lasts about 14 minutes and includes approximately one minute of the shooting.
The graphic video shows the officers realizing that Mardis was in the car and checking the innocent boy's lifeless body. The video also shows both officers grieving when they learned that Mardis was shot.
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CNN noted that 14 shell casings were found on the scene of the crime and three bullet fragments were found in Mardis' body, all of which came from Stafford's gun.
Prosecutors claim that the footage supports their assertion that both officers have a history of excessive violence and have noted several previous incidents in which both officers used their stun gun unnecessarily, and another incident in which Stafford reportedly broke a teenage girl's arm while breaking up a schoolyard fight.
Currently, both officers are free on bond while they await trial for identical charges of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree murder. Stafford will face trial for the shooting in November, while Greenhouse is not set to go to trial until March 2017.
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