Aderrien Murry will never forget this day in his life. The 11-year-old called 911 because of a case of domestic violence. A deployed police officer ordered everyone involved to leave the apartment building. As the boy turned the corner, the policeman fired at his chest.
The eleven-year-old had alerted the police early on Saturday morning at the request of his mother. During the interrogation, she stated that the father of another child came “angry” to the house in the city of Indianola, Mississippi, and that she was afraid. Aderrien suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs and a liver injury from the shot. He has since been released from hospital. Police officer suspended “Aderrien Murry is lucky to be home and alive,” said a family lawyer. “No child should ever be subjected to such violence at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve.” Now the family are demanding the police officer be fired and charged. The Southern State Criminal Investigation Department confirmed to the AFP news agency on Friday that they are investigating the case. The man was temporarily suspended from duty. In the United States, police officers are repeatedly 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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