The 11-year-old Mississippi boy who was shot dead by police after calling 911 told his mother ‘it’s the cop’s fault — it’s not your fault,’ the attorney says
The 11-year-old Mississippi boy shot dead by a police officer comforted his own mother, urging her not to blame herself.
Aderrien Murry was shot in the chest last Saturday after calling 911 for help.
The Indianola Police Department has placed the officer on paid leave and has yet to release body camera footage.
An 11-year-old Mississippi boy was shot dead by a police officer after he called 911 for help – and now that he’s home recovering, he’s urged his mother to blame the cop, not her- same, according to the family lawyer.
Aderrien Murry was shot in the chest early Saturday morning, shortly after Indianola police officers arrived at his home in response to a domestic disturbance call. Murry family lawyer Carlos Moore said one of the officers ordered everyone in the house to “go out with their hands up”, but when Aderrien complied, the officer opened fire.
Moore told Insider in an interview that Aderrien remembered the entire incident and began receiving counseling on Friday to help him deal with the trauma. In the meantime, he also reassured his own mother that she had done nothing wrong.
“He told his mom not to worry. It wasn’t his fault,” Moore told Insider. “She was blaming herself, and he was trying to encourage her not to blame herself. He was like, ‘It’s the cop’s fault, it’s not your fault.’ He was doing everything he could to help protect his mother, and he ended up getting shot.”
Moore said he was outraged by the Indianola Police Department’s handling of the situation. Moore said the officer involved was placed on paid leave, which he called a “paid vacation for shooting someone.” Moore added that the Murry family hopes to eventually see the officer charged with aggravated assault.
The police department has also so far refused to release the footage, citing an “ongoing investigation”, although Moore noted that other police departments had already released body camera footage within hours of the incidents. shooting.
Moore said he believed the police department’s reluctance to immediately release the footage indicated the footage would cause public outcry. The Indianola Police Department declined to comment to Insider, saying state authorities are still investigating the shooting.
“We know that if it’s in their favor, the body camera footage will come out immediately,” Moore said. “So we think it’s worse than we can imagine.”
Moore told Insider that his company is preparing to file a federal lawsuit next week to obtain the body camera footage and also hopes to obtain footage from a nearby gas station.
Moore also said Aderrien was recovering slowly and “getting better day by day”, but continued to have trouble breathing, due to his collapsed lung, and often felt like he was choking.
Moore described Aderrien as a “bubbly” child who struggled to understand why an officer would have shot him.
“He’s full of personality, an exceptional 11-year-old boy. He’s wise beyond his years,” Moore said. “He has an old soul. It was like talking to an adult.”
Moore also said he and other adults tried to explain to Aderrien that it was always important to trust law enforcement and that there were a lot of “good cops.” But he said the child may never feel comfortable around the police again.
“Emotionally, mentally, he’s still very traumatized,” Moore said. “He keeps asking what did he do wrong? Why did the officer shoot him? He just can’t understand.”
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