Mississippi Groups Want Information About Infant Shot by Police
WARNING: This article contains graphic details about an infant and gun violence.
Protesters in Mississippi are seeking justice for an infant that was fatally shot by officers who were firing at a car the infant’s father was driving. The father was wanted for the killing of the baby’s mother and another person in Louisiana.
The baby’s uncle, Jeremy Parker, gathered with protesters Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the Gulfport Police Department, according to WLOX-TV. AP News reported that prior to the shooting, the tires on the car the father was driving had already been flattened.
“I just want to know why y’all shot that car up like that and y’all know the little baby was in there,” Parker said.
The father, Eric Derell Smith, died on the scene and the infant, La’Mello Parker, died the next day in an Alabama hospital. An autopsy determined La’Mello died of a gunshot wound. Reginald Virgil, president of Black Lives Matter Mississippi, says things need to change with law enforcement not being held accountable.
“We don’t feel safe or respected when police act with the excessive force and disregard for life and public safety,” Virgil said. “Worse, the law enforcement agencies involved have not been transparent with us when we voice our concerns and frustration and try to get answers. We are the taxpayers who pay their salaries. Black lives matter. La’Mello’s life mattered.”