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Mississippi mother could lose her children after police officer shoots her 11-year-old son

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The government is trying to take away a Mississippi woman's three children after her infant son was shot in the chest last year. It is a bitter irony that it was the government – not the mother, Nakala Murry or anyone in her company – that committed the shooting.

In May 2023, then-11-year-old Aderrien Murry reportedly called 911 at his mother's behest after her ex-boyfriend John Nolden showed up at their home and allegedly began harassing her. But after the arrival of Greg Capers, a police officer in Indianola, Mississippi, the situation quickly got worse.

Hearing Capers' command to come out, Aderrien entered the living room. Almost immediately, Capers shot him, causing the boy to suffer a collapsed lung, a broken rib and a ruptured liver. (Body camera footage is available Here. Judge for yourself whether you believe the shooting was justified.)

Although Capers was suspended without pay As of June, he is still an employee of the Indianola Police Department. A grand jury declined to indict him in December. But there could still be consequences. For Nakala Murry.

According to Gwendolyn Jimison, the prosecutor in Sunflower County, Mississippi, an unnamed witness said that Nolden had attacked Nakala Murry multiple times and that the 911 call that night was the “result of years-long domestic violence between mother and boyfriend.” [sic],” reported The Mississippi Free Presswhat made this story break through.

This logic could test whether Nolden was the one who pulled the trigger. But in this case, the government seems to want to punish a victim for a mistake made by their agent. “Sgt Capers is glad the child is recovering and is very sorry this happened,” his lawyer Michael Carr said. said in a statement last June. Police officers are human and make mistakes. But it is bizarre, to say the least, to further punish those who suffered from this mistake, especially considering Capers was sent there help.

“To even think about losing her children at this point because of something that wasn’t her fault is just unbelievable,” Carlos Moore, Nakala Murry’s attorney, told The Mississippi Free press on Thursday. “It’s strange.”

Shortly after the shooting, Murry filed a federal lawsuit against Capers, the police chief, the city of Indianola and other unidentified officials. However, she may have a hard time getting before a jury because she will have to overcome qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that protects state and local government employees from civil lawsuits unless their misconduct was specifically identified in a previous court ruling Monell Doctrine that shields municipalities from liability if the plaintiff cannot prove that there was an existing policy on the books that expressly green-lighted the alleged government misconduct.

It's another reminder of how difficult it is for victims of government failures and abuses to achieve any semblance of justice. And yet, in cases like Murry's, we are reminded that the public is held to the opposite standard. So she'll have to appear in Sunflower County Juvenile Court on April 17 – and, in some ways, explain why Capers' mistake shouldn't cost her her children.