The forensic results of an examination show the Black man who police mistook for a gunman at a mall shooting was shot three times in the back.
On Monday, the family of the 21-year-old victim Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. appeared at the news conference for the death of their relative. While cameras were on, Emantic Bradford Sr. called the unnamed officer a “coward,” as the family’s attorney, Ben Crump, said the family was “devastated.”
Bradford said the officer responsible should be charged with homicide “because this is murder.”
Meanwhile, Birmingham police said they wouldn’t release the officer’s video or other evidence until the state investigation is complete.
Rev. Jesse Jackson attended the Monday news conference and said the department’s choice not to release evidence looks like a cover-up. The department released a letter from state investigators claiming evidence could be jeopardized if released.
The forensic pathologist who performed the examination was hired by the family. The medical professional determined Bradford was struck by one gunshot that entered the rear of his skull; another that hit the back of his neck; and a third that penetrated his lower back. There is no information on how many officers shot Bradford or the order of the shots. However, the official said any of the shots would have killed him. “There were three kill shots,” Jackson said.
The shooting took place on Thanksgiving night in an Alabama shopping mall as Black Friday shoppers were out.