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Family Wants Miss. Officer Fired For Shooting Eleven-Year-Old Boy

A family sought the firing of an Indianola, Miss., police officer after he shot an 11-year-old boy who was trying to follow the officer’s orders after calling 911 for help, reports the New York Times. The officer shot the boy, Aderrien Murry, in the chest, resulting in numerous injuries, including a collapsed lung, lacerated liver and fractured ribs, on May 20, said Carlos Moore, a lawyer for Murry family. After spending several days in the hospital, Aderrien is home and “doing as well as he can be after being shot in the chest,” Moore said. “Little Mr. Murry came within an inch of losing his life in the wee hours of Saturday morning because of the actions of a cop,” Moore said. “He was an unarmed, young Black man who was simply following his mother’s directions.”

Aderrien’s mother, Nakala, said her ex-boyfriend, the father to one of her other children, knocked on her window at 4 a.m. on May 20 and asked to be let in. Once inside, he became “irate,” so Ms. Murry asked Aderrien to call his grandmother and 911. Indianola officers responded and tried to kick down the front door before Ms. Murry let them in. The officers asked if anyone was armed, and yelled for everyone in the house to come out with their hands up. When Aderrien rounded a corner to follow their commands, he was shot, Ms. Murry said. The Indianola Police Department has declined to comment while the incident is being investigated. Indianola, 100 miles north of Jackson, has a population of 9,000.

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