The father of a 21-year-old black man mistakenly killed by a police officer in an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving night says an independent autopsy shows his son was shot three times in the back.
The independent autopsy showed Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was shot three times from behind while he was reportedly attempting to lead panicked shoppers at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover to safety.
“That was wrong. My son was murdered by this officer and that was cowardice,” Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Sr. said at a news conference Monday morning.
“My son was murdered by this officer…That ain’t training. That’s cowardice.”
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Attorneys for the family shared results of an independent autopsy that showed Bradford Jr. was hit in the head, neck and lower back by three bullets allegedly fired at him from behind.
“We believe based on this forensic evidence that this officer should be charged with a crime,” said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Bradford family. “There’s nothing that justifies him shooting EJ as he’s moving away from him.”
The city of Hoover encouraged Crump and the Bradford family to submit the findings of the independent autopsy to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, so the information can be included in the official investigation.
“We want everyone who lives in, works in or visits Hoover to know that we are committed to the safety of our city, to healing from these tragic events and to the transparency of the ongoing investigation,” the city said in a statement.
According to ABC News:
Hoover police mistakenly believed Bradford, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon and was armed the night he was shot, was the suspect who opened fire in the mall.
However, police later said Bradford did not fire his gun in that initial altercation with the teen and apologized to his family for releasing the erroneous information that he was the shooter.
A 20-year-old man, identified by police as Erron Martez Dequan Brown, was apprehended last week in connection with mall shooting that injured 18-year-old Brian Xavier Wilson and a 12-year-old girl and set off a chain reaction in which a police officer shot and killed Bradford.