The family of an 11-year old Black boy from Indianola is demanding action after he was shot in the chest by a police officer on Saturday.
Family of 11-year-old Indianola boy shot by police demands action
Outside Indianola City Hall, the mother of Aderrien Murry, was flanked by supporters holding signs that read and "Release Bodycam Footage."
"He told me to get him justice. Those were his words."
As Nakayla Murry tells it, she asked her son to call police because of an intruder in their home. By the time the officers arrived, the intruder had left. One officer yelled for anyone else in the house to come out. That's when the 11-year-old was shot.
Attorney Carlos Moore is representing Murry and his family.
“What we do know is he obeyed the officer's command. He came out of his room with nothing in his hands and was shot," Moore explains. " He was not a threat to anyone. He was just obeying the command."
Aderrien Murry was hospitalized five days for a collapsed lung, lacerated liver and fractured ribs as a result of the gunshot wound. He had a lot of questions Moore says.
"He keeps asking over and over why the officer did this. What did he do wrong? And I keep telling him, his mother tell[s] him he did nothing wrong. And we don't know why. We've asked the city why. The city hasn't told us why; the officer hasn't told us why."
Moore says he and the family have three demands: termination of Sergeant Greg Capers, who fired the shot. They also want a criminal prosecution and immediate release of the body cam footage.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has the video and is reviewing the incident, which standard policy for most police-involved shootings in the state. Moore says the lead agent told him they won't release the tape until the investigation is complete.
"That's not acceptable to the family. We need to answer sooner than later. This young boy and his family are traumatized and they need answers sooner than later."
Moore says he plans to file a suit in federal court on Tuesday.