VIDEO: Police shoot 11-year-old boy in Mississippi leaving him with collapsed lung, fractured ribs and a lacerated liver

Tuesday 9 January 2024

Bodycam footage showed the moment an 11-year-old boy was shot a police office at his home in Indianola, Mississippi, in May 2023.

According to local reports, police arrived at Aderrien Murry’s home in May 2023 after his mother Nakala asked him to call the police when her ex-boyfriend showed up and became angry.

Footage released by Mississippi Department of Public Safety shows police officer Greg Capers arrive at the house, bang the door open, and ask everyone to get out.

As he enters the house, Aderrien runs from one of the rooms towards the officer who opens fire, hitting him in the chest.

The boy's mother said that after her son was shot he began crying, asking her: "Why did he shoot me? What did I do!?"

Mississippi Free Press reported that the boy was hospitalised for five days with a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, and a lacerated liver.

Lawyer Carlos Moore (right) with Aderrien Murry

The family’s lawyer Carlos Moore said in a statement to NPR said: "We are committed to seeking justice for Aderrien and his family, and we will persist in our efforts to ensure accountability through the civil legal process."

Mr Moore said that Aderrien stands about 4ft 10in (1.47m), and could not have been mistaken for his mother's boyfriend, adding the family is relieved he survived, but they are shaken by the incident.

"[Aderrien] doesn't understand and wants to know what did he do wrong and why did the cop shoot him, and no one can answer that question."

A grand jury found there was no criminal conduct of behalf of Officer Capers and no further action would be taken by the attorney general’s office.

Aderrien's mother has filed a $5 million federal lawsuit against Indianola police department, its police chief, and Officer Capers, stating that "Indianola failed to properly train the officer and the officer used excessive force," according to WJTV.