Marquez Redden, 16, was shot in the arm by police officer
ATLANTA -- The Cochran Firm Atlanta has been retained to represent a 16 year old teenager who was shot by a DeKalb County Police Officer. The firm was hired by Marquez Redden's legal guardian and great aunt Geraldine Lloyd. In a statement the firm said they will investigate the incident and determine the appropriate legal action on behalf of Marquez.
The incident happened September 3, 2013 while police were investigating a burglary in Decatur. Redden, who was in the neighborhood, was skipping school and when he saw the officers, he ran. Police chased him thinking he was one of the burglary suspects. Redden got cornered in a shed behind a house when he was approached by police.
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The day after the shooting DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said Redden was not a suspect in the burglary and the officer who shot him was surprised when he ran into him. "It startled the officer," Chief Alexander said. "There was an unintentional misfire in this case."
But Redden's attorney Sherrie Brady said her client tells a different story. "He was surrendering, he didn't want to get in trouble," she said. "He says 'hey, I'm just skipping school' and that's when he says the officer cursed at him and shot him."
Redden said he ran from police because he was skipping school and thought that's why the officers were chasing him. Brady said her client had his hands up when the officer shot him in the right bicep. "What we do know is Marquez was unarmed, surrendering to the police with his hands up and he should not have been shot," she said.
Redden has had two surgeries since the incident, according to his attorney. Brady says he can only move two fingers and will probably need another surgery before he is released from the hospital.
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