This undeaded image from Emantic Bradford, Sr., shows Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr., 21, posing for a picture of his father's…
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Rev. Jesse Jackson delivered a promise on Saturday for an African-American man killed by a police after a shot in an abundant Alabama shopping mall.
Jackson said Hoover’s police shot Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 21, “must face justice” and urged the authorities to release the band of the shot. “Nobody is above the law,” said Jackson.
The officer killed Bradford on the Thanksgiving evening while answering a shot at the Riverchase Galleria Mall. The authorities initially identified Bradford as the weapon, but later withdrawn that claim and searched for the real shooter who injured two people that night.
Bradford’s relatives have said that he had permission to carry a weapon legally and their lawyer has cited witnesses as Bradford’s death kicked a week of protests in Hoover and calls for the release of video surveillance videos by the shot.
“We will get the band published,” Jackson said to appealing applause. “We want justice now.”
The Hoover Police Department has reprinted photographs of the shot to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which investigates. The city has not released any information about the officers involved, but said that the person who fired the fatal shot has become inactive during the investigation.
Jackson said Bradford would not be forgotten and promised to continue fighting for more information about the shot.
“Innocent blood has power,” he said.
Jackson invoked the long history of civil rights in Birmingham and Alabama and the latest Black Life Matter movement. He preached about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and the four little girls were killed in a bombing in Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. He also listed some of the black men killed by the police in newer high-profile incidents, including Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and Philando Castile.
“In the pictures of these kinds and bloodshed, EJ Bradford does not unite those lines, Sade Jackson.
Before the celebration, many Bradford friends kept homage to him and remembered him as a generous and loyal person who always thought of others. 19659005] “Everyone did not call,” said a friend. “He was always in conversation.”
His father Emantic Bradford Sr., who is fighting cancer, said when he was diagnosed, he saw a change in his son. 19659005] “When I got sick, I knew when my son turned his corner and began to be responsible,” he said. “Shoe was on the other side. He started looking at me. My child was a good child.”
He broke in tears when he talked about losing his son he had not realized “had touched so many lives.”
“The year I had with him was 21 good years,” his father said. “To this day he will always be my hero. I miss my love and his mother misses him too.”
The funeral was held at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham on a cloudy Saturday morning. Mourners cried when they stopped in front of Bradford’s open chest. More than 1,000 people were submitted to the facility to honor their lives and memories.