BLM Mississippi held protest in Gulfport Saturday
Black Lives Matter Mississippi held a protest outside the Gulfport Police headquarters on Saturday asking for police accountability and transparency regarding the death of three-month-old La’Mello Parker.
This comes after the Biloxi Police Department announces it will not disclose the results of the forensic test on the bullet that struck Parker.
Biloxi is handling the investigation because other law enforcement agencies were involved.
The baby, La’Mello Parker, was killed May 3rd near Biloxi after his father, Eric Derell Smith, led police on a chase from Louisiana to Mississippi.
The Black Lives Matter Mississippi group wants the public to have access to the officer body cam footage and for the individuals responsible for the infant’s death to be held accountable for their actions. Protester Dwight Watkinz said, “It is 2021. We have all the forensic evidence in the world that can help figure out who fired this bullet, who killed this child. I’m sorry, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t mean to do it. If I go out tomorrow and hit somebody on the side of the road and I didn’t mean to do it, I’m still going to jail for manslaughter.”
There were only about ten protestors, but BLM Mississippi President JoJo Virgil didn’t expect to have a very large turnout. He says that this is only the beginning phase of a series of protests that will be seeking what they call ‘justice for the infant’s death.’
He’s hoping that in the future, protest individuals will come from all over Mississippi, Louisiana, and they even hope to have family members of Parker.