Officer cleared in Alabama Mall Shooting

Emantic Bradford Jr. was killed by Hoover police in late November. The cop who shot him has been exonerated.

Emantic Bradford Jr. was killed by Hoover police in November. The cop who shot him has been exonerated. A civil trial for damages is pending.

By Free Radical

An unidentified police officer has been cleared of the death of Emantic Bradford Jr. Bradford was shot three times in the head, neck, and back late November in a “Black Friday” sale after a fight broke out in a Hoover, Alabama mall. Hoover is a suburb of Birmingham.

On Tuesday Alabama attorney general Steve Marshall cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.

Officers responded to a fight in the Hoover mall which resulted in shots ringing out. Initial reports claimed that they had shot and killed the mall shooter. However the day after the shooting, the Hoover mayor and police chief confirmed that Bradford was not the shooter.

Although there are no indications that Bradford handled a firearm in a menacing way, Marshall’s report suggested that the officer made a “split-second decision” to “ensure the safety of the people there.”

In December Marshall took over the case from Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr who is the first African-American to hold that position. Marshall insinuated that Carr had relationships with protestors and therefore may have been biased.

Protestors have continued to disrupt Hoover city operations since Bradford’s killing. They have held demonstrations at the mall where he was killed, the home of the mayor, and busy intersections.

Bradford’s father who has often been present at the protests expressed, “Do you understand the feeling that I have every night when I lay down at night. And the memories I have of my child when he was young and when he got older. You don’t feel my pain.”

Along with justice for Bradford, protestors have also called for Marshall to release the officer’s identity and police footage of the incident. Marshall has refused.

The Bradford family intends to take civil action against the city.

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