On Thursday, a Mississippi family demanded that the officer who shot their 11-year-old son while responding to a domestic disturbance call be fired and charged with aggravated assault.
According to family attorney Carlos Moore, Aderrien Murry was unarmed and following Indianola officer Greg Capers’ instructions when Capers shot him in the chest early Saturday morning.
Capers “escalated the situation,” Moore said, after the boy called police after a man threatened his mother, Nakala Murry, at 4 a.m. local time.
Murry told ABC News that the man was, in fact, his father.
Moore demanded the release of the body camera footage and argued that Capers should not be placed on paid leave while the investigation was underway. A group of protesters joined the family for a sit-in at city hall on Thursday morning.
We are looking for justice. “In the city of Indianola, an eleven-year-old Black boy came within an inch of his life,” Moore said. To quote him, “he had done nothing wrong and everything right.”
Murry was released from the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Wednesday, according to CNN
The police department did not respond to requests for comment.
According to CNN, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
This is the most recent in a long line of unarmed black people being shot by police. After responding to a false domestic violence call, police in New Mexico killed a 52-year-old man in April. Breonna Taylor was killed in a botched police raid in Louisville, Kentucky in 2020
Indianola, a city of 15,000 people, is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Jackson, the state capital.
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