11-year-old Aderrien Murry recently spoke out for the first time after being shot in the chest by a Mississippi police officer on May 20.
Aderrien was awakened by his mother, Nakala Murry, and her ex-boyfriend arguing, and his mother instructed him to call the police.
She said the officer arrived at the front door with “his gun drawn” and “asked those inside the home to come outside.”
Nakala said when Aderrien came out of the corner of a hallway into the living room, “he got shot.”
She said Aderrien kept asking, “Why did he shoot me?… What did I do wrong?”
Nakala said she “cannot grasp why” her son got shot for following the officer’s command to come out of the house.
I never thought anything like this would happen, it’s scary, it’s emotional, to even think about how I could have lost my son.
Nakala said there is no way the police officer could have mistaken her 11-year-old son for a 6’2” man.
Aderrien was treated at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, for a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, and a lacerated liver.
He also had to be placed on a ventilator and given a chest tube.
He was released from the hospital on Wednesday (May 24) to recover at home.
Aderrien is a very strong young man, and he credits his mom and his faith for saving his life, and he admitted that when he got shot, he thought he would lose his life.
I actually thought I was about to lose my life…
I came out doing this (puts his hands up), and then, um, when Greg shot me I did this (touches his chest with his right hand) to my chest.
It feels like… like a taser… like a big punch to the chest.
That’s what it feels like getting shot.
Aderrian said after getting shot he was bleeding from his mouth and ran to his mom outside, and he remembers singing a song.
No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
The family attorney, Carlos Moore, says it’s a clear example of excessive force.
With living in the south, Mississippi especially, sometimes you feel you can trust the police a little more when they’re your own color, your own race.
But, now this man, this young boy, will never trust law enforcement again, black, white, yellow, or red.
The Indianola Police Department confirmed that Greg Capers was the officer involved in the shooting.
Capers was placed on administrative leave, by the Indianola Board of Alderman while the shooting is being investigated.
The family wants Capers fired and charged, and they also want the body cam video of the shooting released.
Aderrien said he no longer wants to be a police officer when he grows up because he got shot.
He now wants to be a doctor.
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