Another young black man killed by police “by mistake.” The Black Friday shooting at Riverchase Galleria in Alabama claimed the life of the alleged gunman, Emantic Bradford Jr. But after new evidence, police discovered they made a mistake in identifying who they shot and killed. Bradford was not who fired the shots that injured two others. That person, the real gunman, is still at large.
After the incident, Hoover’s mayor called the police heroes, and the officers received praises from their Chief, Nick Derzis. He stated, “Thank God we had our officers very close. They heard the gunfire, they engaged the subject, and they took out the threat.”
But by the next morning, the Hoover police announced the state of Alabama would be taking over the investigation and that new evidence indicates Bradford was not the gunman they were looking for. The police statement reads, “New evidence now suggests that while Mr. Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim.”
The statement continues, “We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not. This information indicates that there is at least one gunman still at-large.”
Although initial reports from police state the altercation involved Bradford and the 18-year-old, it is not being reported that more than two people were involved in the dispute. An although unclear what role, if any, Bradford had in the incident, police insist that he threatened an officer with a gun while fleeing.
Bradford’s whereabouts during the shooting remain unknown. Two uniformed police officers working as security guards stopped him in front of a shoe store on the second level of the mall, where he was shot and killed. A graphic photo has been circulating online showing him lying in a pool of blood around his head. In the police’s revised statement, they said Bradford was shot and killed while “fleeing the shooting scene while brandishing a handgun.” According to civil rights attorney, Ben Crump, Bradford had a license to carry. Crump was hired by the family after representing other black shooting victims like #TrayvonMartin and #StephonClark.
A Washington Post database reports more than 850 people have been shot and killed by police in the United States this year…and another has been added to the list.
R.I.P Emantic Bradford Jr.