Louisiana Police Officer Pleads Guilty in Shooting Death of 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy

Landry said the plea “brings an end to a terrible tragedy.”

“Jeremy Mardis was killed through senseless and irresponsible acts of violence,” he said in a statement, adding that “those responsible for Jeremy’s killing have been held accountable.”

Still pending, however, is a federal lawsuit the boy’s relatives filed last year against the central Louisiana town of Marksville, claiming city officials failed to properly train the deputies on the use of deadly force.

“I think the family is satisfied that Norris Greenhouse Jr. has accepted responsibility for his part in this tragic

set of circumstances,” said Steven Lemoine, an attorney for the slain boy’s family.
Greenhouse’s attorney, George Higgins, said he thinks his client “just realized this needs to end — not only for Avoyelles Parish but especially for his family.”

Stafford and Greenhouse are black. Few is white, and so was his son. Defense attorneys accused investigators of rushing to judgment, arresting the officers less than a week after the shooting. One of Stafford’s attorneys has questioned whether investigators would have acted more deliberately if the officers had been white.

Source: http://www.middletownpress.com/news/crime/article/Ex-officer-pleads-guilty-in-6-year-old-boy-s-12241198.php

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