11-year-old boy calls police about his mother’s abusive partner, but officers end up shooting the child, the mother seeks answers

The relatives of an 11-year-old boy from Mississippi, who suffered gunshot wounds inflicted by a law enforcement officer responding to a 911 dispatch at their residence this past weekend, are now adamantly calling for the disclosure of the bodycam recordings from the police.

“The family deserves answers and they deserve it sooner than later because you had an 11-year-old boy within an inch of losing his life,” the family’s attorney Carlos Moore said.

According to Moore, the family has approached the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) seeking the release of bodycam video pertaining to the alleged shooting of Aderrien Murry in the chest by an Indianola police officer in the early hours of Saturday. However, the bureau, Moore claims, has declined to disclose the footage amidst the ongoing investigation.

Bodycam recordings often hold critical insights into such incidents, but existing legislation does not mandate the public release of such footage, states the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“That’s unacceptable,” Moore said, and he believes investigators won’t release the footage “because it shows things that are damaging to the city.” Known as the “Crown of the Delta,” the is located in the Mississippi Delta and has 10,683 full-time residents.

An IPD officer responded to a domestic dispute at the residence of Nakala Murry’s family, following a call from her child.

Murry reported that the father of her daughter showed up at their doorstep around 4 a.m. on May 20 in a state of rage. At this time, her children and nephew were asleep. Murry, speaking with CBS News, recounted that she passed her cell phone to her son, instructing him to reach out to her mother and law enforcement.

Prioritizing the urgency of the situation, the son placed a call to the police before alerting his grandmother, in an effort to safeguard his mother. Murry’s friend, Moore, affirmed that the young boy, Aderrien, assured the 911 operator that the irate man was not armed.

Upon their arrival, the police initially knocked on the door, but eventually resorted to forced entry, as per the family’s account.

Murry remembers an officer commanding, “Anyone that’s in the house come out with your hands up!” Aderrien heeded the directive and left his room, making his way towards the living room.

In an unsettling twist, it was there that Aderrien was allegedly shot by the same officer who had ordered him to emerge. This account was corroborated by Moore.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Murry described cradling her fallen son and attempting to manage his gunshot injury.

“He started singing gospel. He started praying,” Murry said.

Aderrien was immediately flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Centre in Jackson. Upon arrival, he was diagnosed with a collapsed lung, lacerated liver, and fractured rib, and was subsequently placed on a ventilator, according to his family. He was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, as per the family’s update.

In relation to the shooting, the IPD verified the involvement of Officer Greg Capers, confirming his employment with the department. However, for any additional inquiries, they deferred to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI).

MBI, in conversation with CBS News, stated that it is currently analyzing the incident and compiling evidence. As the investigation is still underway and active, the agency declined to offer any additional comments.

As of now, city’s Mayor Ken Featherstone has not responded to requests for comment regarding the incident.

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