- Eleven-year-old Unarmed Aderrien Murry called police at the instruction of his mother, when an officer shot him in the chest on Saturday morning.
- The boy had called police to the home after his mother, Nakala Murry, was threatened by a man, reported to be his father, at 04:00.
- family attorney Carlos Moore called for bodycam video to be released and objected to Indianola officer Greg Capers being placed on paid leave.
A Mississippi family on Thursday demanded a police officer be dismissed and charged with aggravated assault for shooting an 11-year-old boy when police responded to the child's own domestic disturbance call at his home.
Aderrien Murry, who called police at the request of his mother, was unarmed and following instructions from Indianola officer Greg Capers when Capers shot him in the chest early on Saturday morning, family attorney Carlos Moore said.
The boy had called police to the home after his mother, Nakala Murry, was threatened by a man at 04:00. local time, but Capers "escalated the situation", Moore said.
The man was his father, ABC News reported, citing Murry.
Moore called for bodycam video to be released and objected to Capers being placed on paid leave pending the investigation.
Murry was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Centre for treatment and released on Wednesday, CNN reported.
The police department was not available for comment.
An investigation is underway after an 11-year-old Mississippi boy was shot by a police officer during a domestic disturbance call last weekend. The family of Aderrien Murry is calling for the officer to be fired and charged. pic.twitter.com/XOU10vCK4j— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 25, 2023
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating, CNN reported.
A small group of protesters held a sit-in protest with the family at city hall on Thursday morning.
The incident is the latest in a string of police shootings of unarmed African Americans. In April, officers responded to a domestic violence call at the wrong house and killed a 52-year-old man in New Mexico. In 2020, Breonna Taylor was killed in 2020 during a botched police raid in Louisville, Kentucky.
The majority Black city of Indianola, population 15 000, is about 160 km north of Jackson, the state's capital city.