Family of Aderrien Murry, 11-year-old shot by police, files federal lawsuit

The family of 11-year-old Aderrien Murry, who was shot by police, files a federal lawsuit seeking at least $5 million in damages.

The incident: Aderrien Murry was shot in the chest by a police officer when he emerged from his home following a 911 call placed on May 20.
* He suffered a collapsed lung, fractured rib, and lacerated liver and is now recovering.
* The officer involved, Sgt. Greg Capers, has been removed from active duty.

The lawsuit: Filed by attorney Carlos Moore, the suit accuses the city of Indianola, Mississippi, and at least two police officials of gross negligence, reckless disregard, and failing to train and supervise officers.
* It alleges that Aderrien Murry’s civil rights were violated, including the Fourth Amendment’s protection against excessive force and the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of due process.

Family’s demands: The family is calling for the involved officer to be fired, along with Police Chief Ronald Sampson, and for the release of police body camera footage of the incident.
* Nakala Murry, Aderrien’s mother, emphasizes the key issue is “police training and attitudes” rather than race, as all involved are Black.

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