Victim's cousin decries applause for indicted former officer

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Posted: Sep 15, 2016 5:50 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Relatives of a black man fatally shot after a foot chase by a white police officer say other officers were "disrespectful" when they applauded the former officer after he was indicted on a manslaughter charge.

Ernesto Ball, a cousin of 26-year-old Ricky Ball, spoke Thursday on WTWG-AM radio in Columbus, Mississippi. He said relatives are upset because they never received notice that Canyon Boykin, a former officer there, was being arraigned last Friday.

A judge set Boykin's bail at $20,000 pending a Nov. 28 trial. The hearing was held in the judge's chamber.

An interracial crowd of Boykin supporters applauded as he left the courthouse in handcuffs.

Boykin has said he saw Ball point a gun at him last October.

Ball supporters called the shooting unjustified.