In #Mississippi, a grand jury concluded that Sgt. Greg Capers, an officer who shot 11-year-old Aderrien Murry, did not engage in criminal conduct. The shooting occurred on May 20 in Indianola, Mississippi, when Capers responded to a 911 call made by Murry. Despite the grand jury's decision, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced that her office would not pursue further action against Capers.
Carlos Moore, representing Aderrien Murry's family, disagrees with the grand jury's decision, asserting that the shooting was unjustified. He is committed to seeking justice for Aderrien through the civil legal process. The family has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages and the firing of Capers and Indianola #Police Chief Ronald Sampson. The lawsuit accuses the police department of gross negligence, reckless disregard, and failure to properly train and supervise its officers.
The incident occurred after Nakala Murry, Aderrien's mother, instructed her son to call the police due to the irate behavior of the father of one of her other children. Upon police arrival, they instructed everyone in the house to come out with their hands up. Aderrien emerged, running toward the door, at which point Capers opened fire, resulting in Aderrien suffering a collapsed lung, fractured rib, and lacerated liver.
The Murry family has been seeking the release of the body camera footage from the incident, which Nakala Murry found emotionally challenging to watch. Meanwhile, Capers' attorney, Michael Carr, stated that Capers is relieved by the decision and eager to return to work. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, which also investigated the shooting, did not comment on the case.
The grand jury's decision not to charge Sgt. Greg Capers for shooting 11-year-old Aderrien Murry is profoundly troubling and raises significant concerns about accountability in cases of police violence.
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