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Mississippi boy, 11, shot by police after calling for help – National & International News – THU 25May2023

Mississippi boy, 11, shot by police after calling for help.

Oath Keepers founder Rhodes gets 18 years for Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy.

Colombia: Search continues for 4 children wandering jungle for 3 weeks after plane crash.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Mississippi boy, 11, shot by police after calling for help

Eleven-year-old Aderrien Murry of Indianola has been discharged from the hospital after being shot in the chest by officers responding to his home. Aderrien’s mother, Nakala Murry, had instructed Aderrien to call police after the father of her daughter showed up to the house at 4am, acting “irate”.

When two Indianola Police officers arrived, one of them, Greg Capers, “had his gun drawn at the door,” Ms. Murry said.  Capers then asked everyone to exit the home. As Aderrien rounded a corner in a hallway, Capers fired at him, striking Aderrien in the chest.

Nakala Murry rushed to her son’s side, applying pressure to his wound. She said the officer also assisted her until paramedics arrived. Aderrien suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs and a lacerated liver. He is likely to have lifelong complications.

Ms. Murry said it broke her heart to hear her son ask as he lay bleeding, “What did I do? Why did he shoot me?”. Murry wants Capers fired and prosecuted. Capers is currently on paid leave. 

Carlos Moore, Ms. Murry’s attorney, has demanded the release of the bodycam footage of the incident. Police have declined, citing an ongoing investigation. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has taken charge of the case and says they will submit their findings to the state attorney general.

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See also: 3 Jackson police officers face homicide charges over death of man in custody.

 

Oath Keepers founder Rhodes gets 18 years for Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy

Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers militia group, has received an 18-year prison sentence after his conviction for seditious conspiracy earlier this year. This is the longest sentence yet handed down to anyone connected with the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol.

Rhodes and other Oath Keepers, along with another militia called the Proud Boys, helped organize an attempted insurrection at the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory. Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was also recently convicted of seditious conspiracy for his role in the riot. Tarrio awaiting his sentencing and is likely to receive a similarly hefty sentence.

At the sentencing, Rhodes did not express remorse or seek leniency. Instead, he described himself as a “political prisoner” and questioned the legitimacy of both Biden’s presidency and the prosecution. Judge Amit Mehta was unimpressed, but said Rhodes’ own statements demonstrate that he poses a continued threat to the country and to democracy.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Colombia: Search continues for 4 children wandering jungle for 3 weeks after plane crash

About 100 Colombian soldiers and indigenous trackers are still combing the jungle in search of four children, aged from 11 months to 13 years. The children have been alone in the jungle since a plane crash over three weeks ago that killed their mother and the two other adults on board. Last week, Colombian President Gustavo Petro posted a tweet indicating that the children had been found, which proved to be false. Petro’s office has said he was acting on incorrect information from the country’s child welfare agency.

Searchers announced today that they found items belonging to the children in a new area of the jungle. It appears the children are on the move, possibly trying to make their way home. They are members of the Huitito indigenous group. Members of their community are holding out hope that the children’s knowledge of the jungle and edible plants will improve their chances of survival. The soldiers have been broadcasting a recording from their grandmother urging them to stay put so that rescuers can find them. 

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