We reported earlier on the shooting death of an Alabama man, Emantic Bradford on Thanksgiving at an Alabama mall. According to a forensic examination commissioned by the family, Emantic Bradford was shot three times from behind by police that night.
The announcement came by way of a press conference on Monday, and the new information is telling the family and their attorneys that Emantic was running away from the police that night and therefore posed no threat to the officer that shot him.
Enmatic Fitzgerald Bradford, 21, was fatally shot in the middle of a chaotic, panic-stricken crowd at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama on November 22, when officers responded to reports of gunshots being fired on Thanksgiving night. According to witnesses on the scene, Bradford, who was carrying a legal handgun was actually directing scared and confused shoppers to safety.
Unfortunately, authorities on the scene identified Bradford as the gunman, a misidentification that was retracted a day later. Protesters are hitting the streets of Hoover Alabama, a predominantly white suburb located about 10 miles south of Birmingham in the wake of Mr. Bradford’s death.
In a news conference held Monday, The Reverand Jessee Jackson opened the proceedings with a prayer. According to Mr. Bradford’s father, the unnamed officer that shot his son should be charged with homicide.
“You’re a coward,” Mr. Emantic Bradford Sr. said when addressing the unnamed officer. “What you have done is destroy my family.”
According to a forensic examination of the body of Mr. Bradford, he was shot in his back, the back of the head, and the back of his neck.
“All of these shots were potentially kill shots,” said Ben Crump, Bradford’s family lawyer.
As of yet, the police have not released a video of the shooting. Nick Derzis, Cheif of Police in the town of Hoover, said the law enforcement authorities involved in the case advised them that releasing the video too early could compromise the investigation.
“While we maintain our commitment to be fully transparent during this process, we must respect the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s request for full cooperation and continue to have faith in the judicial process,” he said. “We want the whole truth, unimpeded and not delayed.”
According to the Associated Press, a Hoover City Council meeting was adjourned Monday night with the cries of protesters repeatedly chanting “E.J.,” and “No Justice, No Peace.”
The family attorney, Mr. Crump said the family found it difficult to trust the authorities with regards to releasing the video “after they were lied to before.” Rev. Jackson suggested to the press that any delay in releasing the video footage to the public would not serve justice.
“Until the tapes are released, it’s a cover-up,” Rev. Jackson said on Monday.
Erran Martez Dequan Brown, 20, has been identified and arrested by Hoover police as the man who fired the initial shots tha caused the drama at the Riverchase Galleria Mall Thanksgiving night. He has been charged with attempted murder.
In a statement the city council said;
“The Council wants to formally express their regret for the misinformation provided to the public that later implicated E.J. Bradford, Jr. as the shooter in the November 22nd incident of violence.”
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