Just days before former Florida A&M University football player Jonathan Ferrell was shot to death by police, another young black male was shot in what Georgia officers are calling an “accident.”
Sixteen-year-old Marquez Redden, from DeKalb County, Georgia, is now undergoing a series of surgeries to fix the gunshot wound, which has rendered his arm immovable.
“This was an unintentional discharge on the part of one of our officers,” said DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander.
It all started when Redden was skipping school on Sept. 3. Crossing paths with an active police search for burglars involved in a home invasion in Decatur, Georgia, Redden ran, believing he’d be in trouble for truancy. According to WSBTV, he realized the seriousness of the situation and surrendered from a shed he was hiding in.
“Marquez was unarmed and absolutely not a threat, and Marquez is left living with this accident, that they’re calling it, for the rest of his life,” said his attorney Sherrie Brady.
His family has retained legal representation with The Cochran Firm, while the officer who shot their son is on paid administrative leave.
Doctors tell the Redden family that he faces at least one more surgery and one more week in the hospital.