A Mississippi police officer, who is facing scrutiny after shooting an unarmed 11-year-old Black boy inside the child’s home, has been suspended without pay, according to a city official, Your Content has learned.
The Indianola Board of Aldermen recently voted to halt the payment of Sgt. Greg Capers, who is Black, following a prior suspension with pay.
The family’s attorney, Carlos Moore, expressed the family’s desire to see Capers terminated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The incident, which occurred on May 20, resulted in the hospitalization of Aderrien Murry for five days due to severe injuries, including a collapsed lung, lacerated liver, and fractured ribs.
Although the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is currently examining the case, as is customary in law enforcement-related shootings, Capers has not yet faced any criminal charges.
During a closed-door meeting, the Indianola Board of Aldermen voted 4-1 to suspend Capers without notifying him or his attorney, Michael Carr, who described this lack of due process as disturbing.
Carr emphasized that there is no evidence indicating that Capers intentionally shot the young boy, asserting that the entire incident was an unintended accident.
He further stated that body camera footage would support Capers’ innocence.
The shooting took place in Indianola, a small town located approximately 95 miles northwest of Jackson, in the rural Mississippi Delta.
The incident unfolded when Nakala Murry, the mother, called the police at around 4 a.m. to report a disturbance caused by the father of one of her other children.
Aderrien Murry walked into the living room, unarmed and with empty hands, upon Capers’ request to come out with hands raised.
Tragically, Capers shot the boy in the chest.
In response to the incident, Murry has filed a federal lawsuit against Indianola, the police chief, and Capers.
The lawsuit, seeking a minimum of $5 million, accuses Indianola of failing to adequately train its officer and alleges excessive use of force by Capers.
Murry has also submitted an affidavit calling for criminal charges against Capers, which will be reviewed during an upcoming probable cause hearing.
As the legal proceedings unfold, Murry stated in a written statement that she considers this step as only the beginning, expressing her determination to witness the termination of Greg Capers and ensure he is never allowed to work in law enforcement again, according U.S. News.