In the US state of Mississippi, a police officer shot an eleven-year-old boy in the chest who had called 911 himself. The Southern State Criminal Investigation Department confirmed to the AFP news agency on Friday that they are investigating the case that took place in the city of Indianola last Saturday. The police officer was temporarily suspended from duty.
According to his mother, eleven-year-old Aderrien Murry alerted the police early on Saturday morning about a case of domestic violence. Accordingly, the father of another child of the mother had come to the house “angry”.
A police officer arrived with his service weapon drawn and asked everyone to leave the house, Nakala Murry’s mother told CNN. When her son came into the living room, the policeman shot him in the chest. “I can’t understand why,” said the mother.
Her son reportedly suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs and a liver injury. However, he has now been able to leave the hospital. Both the policeman and the boy are African American.
“Aderrien Murry is lucky to be home and alive,” a family attorney said. “No child should ever be subjected to such violence at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve.” Police officers in the United States are frequently accused of opening fire too quickly. According to a Washington Post database, more than 400 people have been shot dead by police across the country this year.
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