September 24, 2023

Aderrien Murry is an 11 year old from Indianola, MS who called the police for help during a domestic disturbance. When the police arrived they shot him. When the officer shot him, the child asked the officer “What did I do wrong?” He survived and was released from the hospital but will continue to be traumatized by the incident. Many in the community, including the family, are calling for the firing of the officer. The child was trying to protect his mother when he called the police.

The Mother spoke with CNN:

Via CNN: Murry told CNN that the father of another of her children arrived at her home at 4 a.m., “irate.”

Concerned about her safety, Murry asked Aderrien to call the police.

Murry said the officer who arrived at the home “had his gun drawn at the front door and asked those inside the home to come outside.” Murry said her son was shot coming around the corner of a hallway, into the living room.

“Once he came from around the corner, he got shot,” Murry said. “I cannot grasp why. The same cop that told him to come out of the house. (Aderrien) did, and he got shot. He kept asking, ‘Why did he shoot me? What did I do wrong?’” she said.

Aderrien was given a chest tube and placed on a ventilator at UMC because of a collapsed lung, fractured ribs and a lacerated liver. He was released from the hospital Wednesday.

This incident marks one of many throughout the US that highlights and underscores the issue with policing in the US. This child nearly lost his life for calling for help and exiting the home as he was told by the officer. What good is calling the police if it actually costs you your life?

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