The officer who killed an innocent Black man at an Alabama mall will not face criminal charges.
A 26-page report from Alabama’s attorney general states an unnamed officer was “justified” in fatally shooting 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. on Thanksgiving night at a mall outside Birmingham.
Two officers on duty at the mall were responding to shots being fired. Five seconds later, one of the officers fatally shot Bradford who was running toward the initial victim with a weapon in hand.
A police spokesperson said they mistook Bradford for the initial shooter and the officer was unable to warn him before firing because of the quickness of the event. A family lawyer says Bradford had a concealed carry permit.
“Officer 1 identified E.J. Bradford as an immediate deadly threat to innocent civilian and thus shot Bradford to eliminate the threat,” the attorney general’s report stated. “Officer 1’s actions were reasonable under the circumstances and were consistent with his training and nationally-accepted standards for ‘active shooter’ scenarios.”
Bradford’s family was shown surveillance video and asked for it to be released to the public especially after protests have called for the officer to be “held accountable.”
The initial shooter was identified as Erron Brown. He is charged with attempted murder.