NAACP calls for footage release after baby dies in shootout


BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi NAACP chapter is demanding access to reports and videos that show how a 3-month-old baby died after his father was killed in a shootout with police on a highway.

The request follows similar calls from activists with Black Lives Matter Mississippi.

The Biloxi NAACP said it’s important that local authorities “proactively work to increase transparency and grow public trust.”

The baby, La’Mello Parker, was killed on May 3 near Biloxi after his father, Eric Derell Smith, led police on a chase across state lines.

Smith was suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, Christin, and her nephew at a home in Baker, Louisiana, prior to the pursuit.

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