An autopsy report revealed that 21-year-old #EmanticBranfordJr, the young U.S. Army veteran who was fatally shot by police responding to a reported gunfire in an Alabama mall, was shot from behind.
Authorities in #Hoover, Alabama, announced that they had shot the wrong man just a day after the Thanksgiving shooting inside the #RiverchaseGalleria, which is about 10 miles south of #Birmingham. The real suspect, who police say shot an 18-year-old man and a 12-year-old, was eventually arrested. The police shooting resulted in protests, as police tried to blame the victim because he was legally armed.
Bradford was actually attempting to lead shoppers to safety when the suspect fired shots, according to multiple reports. Bradford was shot by police from behind and struck in the head, neck and back, according to Benjamin Crump, the lawyer representing his family, @Nbcnews reports.
“We believe based on this forensic evidence that this officer should be charged with a crime,” Crump said. “There’s nothing that justifies him shooting E.J. as he’s moving away from him. You’re not a threat when you’re running away.”
The autopsy also showed that Bradford also had a laceration on his right eyebrow that might indicate he fell face forward.
“My son was murdered by this officer and that was cowardice,” his father, Emantic Bradford Sr., a former corrections officer, said at a news conference. “You shot a 21-year-old person running away from gunfire. Never posed you a threat, never had nothing in his hand. Why did you shoot him? You can’t explain that to me, ’cause that ain’t training. That’s cowardice.”
The city of Hoover said in a statement that it encourages Crump and the Bradford family to submit the independent autopsy results to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which is the agency investigating the shooting.
We’ll keep you updated on this story, #Roommates.
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