AAt around 4 a.m. on May 20, Nakala Muri gave her cellphone to her 11-year-old son, Adrien, and asked him to call 911.
A former partner had shown up at his property on B.B. King Road in Indianola, Mississippi, in the middle of the night, “furious”. She feared for the safety of her two young children and a nephew who were at home.
Muri said that the officers arrived at 6 am with their weapons and asked everyone in the house to come out.
As Adrienne walks around the corner of a hallway behind her mother and into the family living room with her hands raised, an officer is recognized as 2021 Indianola Policeman of the Year Greg Capersshot him in the chest.
Family attorney Carlos Moore told Independent That a week later, city officials were hindering their efforts to find answers.
“We are asking ‘what did you see and why did you fire’?” Mr. Moore said in an interview on Friday.
“I think he shot first and asked questions later. He doesn’t appear to be a man or anything, he’s a 4’10” little guy.
“A trained officer should not fear for his life when an 11-year-old boy approaches without a weapon in his hands.”
Mr Capers has since been placed on administrative leave, but the police department is refusing to release his bodycam footage.
Indianola Mayor Ken Featherstone declined to provide an explanation or apology to the family during a meeting on Thursday, Mr. Moore said.
He said, ‘It is very cruel and inhuman Independent.
‘He is blessed’
remembering the terrible event at a press conference This week, Nakala Muri said she woke up to the father of one of her children knocking on her window last Saturday morning.
She reached for her phone, woke Adrienne, and told her to call her mother and the police.
Ms Murry said that within minutes officers arrived with their weapons and started kicking in doors and ordered everyone to come out.
As his son followed him into the living room, obeying the officer’s orders, he was shot once in the chest by an officer standing at the front door.
Ms Muri said her son ran towards her and fell. He applied pressure to the wounds until first responders arrived, as blood was gushing from his mouth.
“Every time I close my eyes, I see him,” she said.
Adrienne was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where she was given a chest tube and placed on a ventilator.
His lung was punctured, ribs were broken and the liver was torn. Doctors later told the family that the bullet had come within an inch of hitting vital organs.
“Why did he shoot me?” Lying in the hospital, Adrien kept asking his mother over and over again.
The family says Adrienne responded well to treatment and was released from the hospital on Wednesday.
“He is blessed. I don’t know how else to describe it,” Ms. Murry said this week.
Mr Moore said he met the boy at home on Thursday, and he was still in shock, in pain and having trouble breathing. Doctors were trying to strengthen his lungs, but the long-term prognosis was encouraging.
He added that Adrienne was scheduled to begin counseling on Friday.
“He is doing as well as expected,” Mr Moore said Independent, “He’s afraid of the police, and he’s very frustrated with the mayor not taking this seriously.”
‘Your ‘best’ cop shot my child’
At a heated rally outside Indianola City Hall on Thursday, Ms Murry and Mr Moore stood with a small group of protesters demanding “justice”. WLBT informed of.
Protesters carried signs stating “Your ‘best’ cop shot my child,” “Fire Greg Capers now,” and “Release the bodycam footage.”
Ms. Murry and a group of eight family members met with Indianola city leaders for about 15 minutes.
“He didn’t answer any questions,” Mr Moore said. Independent,
“We asked the mayor to express regret or say something to the family. He didn’t give anything. There is no answer to any of his questions.”
The Indianola Police Department referred media inquiries to the city attorney, who did not respond to a request for comment.
Aside from a Facebook Live event the day after the shootings, Mayor Featherstone has not commented publicly on the incident. He did not respond to multiple requests for comment Independent.
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) said it has opened an investigation into the shooting.
agency spokeswoman Bailey Martin said in a statement Independent that “a minor resident of the residence has sustained serious injuries and has been taken to a local hospital”.
“MBI is currently assessing this significant incident and gathering evidence. Upon completion of the investigation, agents will share their findings with the Attorney General’s Office.
Mr. Moore has demanded that the police chief and officer be fired immediately, and plans to file a federal civil lawsuit against the city of Indianola and the individual officers involved.
“If that’s your best, you need to clean the house from top to bottom,” Mr Moore said during the week.
They have also done this and asked the Department of Justice to perform a pattern-or-practice checking Police Department to investigate whether it was using “excessive force, biased policing and other unconstitutional practices”.
Mr. Capers was placed on administrative leave at a meeting of the Indianola Board of Aldermen this week.
‘Adrian knows people are in his corner’
according to a Washington Post database, 1083 people have been fatally shot by police in the past 12 months.
Many more hundreds have suffered life-threatening injuries.
The latest shooting of an unarmed black child by law enforcement made headlines around the world, and generated an outpouring of support for the family.
Academy Award winning actress Viola Davis shared a visual artist’s impression Of shooting
mr moore told Independent The support was keenly felt by the Murry family, whose lives were “upended” by the shooting.
“I believe the more pressure there is around the country and around the world, I believe they will have to bow down at some point,” he said.
“Adrian knows people are in his corner, and he appreciates that. I’m making sure he’s aware of that.
Indianola had a population of about 10,000 residents last year, one third of Live below the poverty line according to census data. It is located approximately 100 miles north of the state capital, Jackson.