After almost a full week in the hospital, an 11-year old boy shot by a cop has been released.
Aderrien Murry was hospitalized for five days with a collapsed lungs, lacerated liver and fractured ribs, after an officer shot him early Saturday morning in the chest, said lawyer Carlos Moore.
Aderrien is recovering at his home in Indianola (about 95 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi) after leaving the hospital on Wednesday.
Mr Moore stated that the family “demands justice”.
“An 11 year old black boy from Indianola was inches away from losing his life. He had done nothing wrong, and everything right.”
Mr Moore stated that Aderrien’s mother Nakala asked him to contact the police around 4am Saturday morning after an old partner showed up at their home.
Ms Murry was feeling threatened, said Mr Moore, and that the child “called the Police to come and rescue his mother, he also called his grandmother to rescue his mother, and then the police arrived and escalated the problem”.
Two police officers arrived, and one of them kicked Ms Murry’s front door to let her know that the man was gone but she had three children inside.
A child does not understand the reason why a policeman shot him
Mr Moore reported that Sergeant Greg Capers (who is black) yelled at anyone in the building to come out and put their hands up.
Capers shot Aderrien in the chest when he walked into the room without anything in his hands.
Kimberly Merchant, the Indianola City attorney, confirmed to Indianola Enterprise-Tocsin that Capers is the officer who shot the boy. Mr Moore stated on Thursday that Capers has been suspended while the incident continues to be investigated.
Ms Murry stated that her son was “blessed to be alive” but does not know why a policeman shot him.
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“That’s my baby, y’all”
She called it “the worst time of my life” and added: “I don’t feel anyone cares about my child – y’all.”
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has said that its agents will investigate what happened and share their findings with Attorney General’s Office.