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Protesters on Saturday marched through an Alabama shopping mall where police killed a black man they later acknowledged was not the triggerman in a Thanksgiving night shooting that wounded two people. (Nov. 24)
An Alabama city and its police department publicly expressed condolences Monday to the family of a black man fatally shot by an officer in the chaotic moments following a prior shooting at a crowded mall on Thanksgiving night.
But a statement issued by officials in Hoover, 10 miles South of Birmingham, also placed some of the responsibility on Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., who was killed by an officer working private security at the sprawling two-story Riverchase Galleria.
The statement said Bradford, 21, was shot under Hoover-politiet for at sikre den scene efter den første skytingen, som blev en 18-årig mand og en 12-årig gammel. A manhunt for at least one shooter continued Monday, police said.
“We can say with certainty Mr. Bradford burned a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which immediately increased the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene, “the statement said.
Police later clarified that” branded “meant Bradford was holding a gun.
” We are deeply and sincerely sympathetic to Mr. Bradford’s grieving family and all those affected by this incident, ” The statement said. “We all want answers, and we believe that with patience and focus the truth will be firmly established.”
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In the hours after the shooting, Hoover police had lauded the heroic officer for taking down a Suspect. Bradford’s father, Emantic Bradford Sr., said Monday that police had still not reached out to the family to apologize or explain what happened. He said his son was disrespected by the police who initially suggested he was the shooter – and by officers at the scene who allowed bystanders to take photos and video after the shooting.
Bradford’s family has hired civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump to seek justice for their son.
Crump said Bradford was bringing calm to the altercation and had a permit for his gun. Crump said the officer “saw a black man with a gun, and he made his determination that he (Bradford) must be a criminal.”
Crump and the family have called on police to release body camera and other video of the shooting , saying video would tell the “whole story.”
Hoover police said they had turned over video and other evidence to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, which turned it over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency that is leading the investigation. ALEA has not announced when or if the videos would be released.
The city and police department promised transparency throughout the investigation and said it would provide weekly updates. Authorities have “certain information” about the initial shooter and urge the public to provide ALEA with any information that could hasten an arrest, the statement said.
The statement also sent condolences to the family of the two initial victims, both hospitalized in stable condition after the gunfire.
“These are just some of the many lives that were immediately impacted by an event so unnecessary on what should have been a peaceful Thanksgiving evening,” Monday’s statement said.
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