In Mississippi, an 11-year-old boy, Aderrien Murry, is recuperating after a shocking encounter with police. An officer shot him during a call for assistance.
Aderrien was released from the hospital recently, and his family has been vocal in demanding the dismissal and prosecution of the involved officer. They anticipate the young boy will need psychological counseling to address the traumatic incident.
The incident occurred early Saturday morning when an Indianola Police Department officer responded to a domestic disturbance call at Aderrien’s residence. According to the family and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the boy was shot in the chest by the officer.
Aderrien, described as a good student, had adhered to his mother’s instruction to call for police assistance that morning. Moore expressed profound disappointment, stating that no child should face such violence from individuals obligated to protect them.
Highlighting the need for law enforcement accountability and change, Moore called for justice for Aderrien and his family. The specifics of the shooting incident are currently being investigated.
A peaceful protest was held at Indianola City Hall. A march and rally, planned for Saturday, will demand the dismissal of the officer involved and the release of the body-camera footage.
Aderrien sustained grave injuries from the shooting, including a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, and a lacerated liver. He was discharged from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on Wednesday.
Despite his physical recovery, Aderrien remains emotionally shaken and is left with many questions about the incident, wondering why he was targeted.
Aderrien’s mother described the alarming scene, where she had been ordered to step outside, and moments later, she saw her son running towards her, bleeding from a gunshot wound.
Carlos Moore, the family’s attorney, met Aderrien for the first time on Thursday. He asserts that the young boy, who stands around 4 feet 10 inches tall, could not have been confused with the 911 call’s subject – a man reportedly over 6 feet tall.
The attorney condemned the officer’s actions as reckless and potentially lethal. As per Moore, the police department has yet to reach out to Aderrien’s mother.