An 11-year-old boy was shot by a police officer who arrived at the scene following a call to 911 made by the child himself, the BBC reports.
Police in Mississippi came to Aderrien Murry’s home on Saturday after the child called 911 about a domestic dispute.
The boy’s mother says the officer who arrived on the scene shot her son in the chest, and the child said, “What did I do?” after he was hit. The officer in question has been suspended pending an investigation by Mississippi State Police.
The child’s mother, Nakala Murry, called for the police officer to be fired and charged.
At a news conference Monday outside Indianola City Hall, Nakala Murry said the father of one of her children came to their home Saturday morning and was behaving erratically. She asked Aderrien to call the police.
When the officer arrived, according to the mother, “he had his gun out from the door of the house” and asked everyone in the house to come out.
Aderrien Murry came around the corner into the hall and the officer opened fire, shooting the child in the chest. “He said: Why did he shoot me? What did I do?”, says Nakala Murry.
The woman said she covered the wound with her hands and applied pressure, being helped by the police officer, until the ambulance arrived. Aderrien Murry was later taken to hospital. The boy is now recovering at home after being discharged.
Nakala Murry and her attorney, Carlos Moore, are asking Mississippi State Police to take action and have the officer fired and placed on administrative leave.
At a rally scheduled for Saturday, Nakala Murry and her supporters will demand the officer be fired and the video of the incident released. Mississippi police have so far refused to release the footage because the investigation is ongoing.
Editor : V.M.
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