US police fatally gunned down Emantic Bradford Jr., 21, on Thanksgiving evening in response to an active shooter situation near an Alabama mall. After slaying Bradford, the police doubled down and blamed the innocent man for his death.
“We can say with certainty Mr. Bradford brandished a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene,” police officials from Hoover, Alabama, said in a statement Monday.
A shooting had taken place at a mall when they arrived on the scene. The police initially congratulated their officer as “heroic” for taking down the shooter — only they had neutralized the wrong man. Police would later recant their statement, saying that Bradford was not the mall assailant.
Bradford, a US Army veteran, had a permit to carry a weapon, according to his attorney, Ben Crump. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a good guy with a gun. If you’re black, the police shoot and kill you and ask questions later,” the civil rights attorney said Monday, the New York Post reported.
Hoover police offered their sympathies for killing Bradford in the statement in which they blamed him for holding a weapon, as he was legally entitled to do. The man did not violate a law and was mistakenly killed by the police anyway.
Bradford’s parents said Monday they still hadn’t received so much as a single phone call…