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OffbeatMom of black man killed by police in Alabama mall shooting: "It's backwards"

15:55  26 november  2018
15:55  26 november  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

Man killed in Alabama mall shooting was ‘likely’ not gunman, police say

Man killed in Alabama mall shooting was ‘likely’ not gunman, police say Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr., 21, who was killed by a police officer after a Thanksgiving night shooting at the Riverchase Galleria was “likely” not the gunman who shot a teenager earlier that evening, police clarified Friday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The incident unfolded at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama, about 10 miles from Birmingham.

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Mom of black man killed by police in Alabama mall shooting: © Credit: CBSNews ctm-1126-emantic-fitzgerald-bradford-jr.jpg

HOOVER, Ala. – The family of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., a black man killed by police in an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving, says he was wrongfully shot. They want the release of all video from that night. Police killed Bradford Jr. after two people were wounded in a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria Mall.

Investigators first said he was responsible, but later said he was likely not the shooter. Hoover police now say at least one gunman is still at large. Police said Bradford Jr. was holding a gun and that's why they mistook him as a threat, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann. But Bradford Jr.'s family said their son was killed because he was black.

Family of black man killed by cop in Alabama mall shooting hires civil rights attorney

Family of black man killed by cop in Alabama mall shooting hires civil rights attorney The family of a black man fatally shot by a police officer at an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving night reportedly retained a national civil rights attorney. According to a press release obtained by a local ABC station, the family has hired Benjamin Crump to represent them in the shooting death of Emantic Fitzger ald Bradford Jr. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Crump previously Trayvon Martin's family in their case against George Zimmerman, the station also notes.

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"Emantic would be the one trying to get people out of harm's way. That's the type of person he was," Bradford Jr.'s mother, April Pipkins, said.

Bradford Jr.'s family says police owe them answers and an apology after their son was mistakenly identified as a gunman.

"You shoot first and ask questions later? It's backwards," Pipkins said.

"My peace of mind and my quality of life has been taken from me," father Emantic Bradford Sr. said.

Bradford Sr. is a police officer himself. He said Hoover police made several mistakes that night.

"My son always respected the police and if you would have given a command when you came around that corner, say freeze, drop your weapon, he would have complied with your order," Bradford Sr. said.

Since Thursday's shooting, the local community has rallied around Bradford Jr.'s family. On Saturday night, the family joined about 200 protesters outside the mall demanding action.

Video shows moments after police shot black man at Alabama mall

Video shows moments after police shot black man at Alabama mall Hoover police have offered shifting explanations for why they mistook Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. for an active shooter

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"The pattern in America is if there's a good guy with a gun and he happens to be black, police don't see him as a good guy," family attorney Benjamin Crump said.

"You think [Bradford Jr.] being black meant that he was presumed guilty," Strassmann said.

"Absolutely," Crump said. The family said releasing body camera video and surveillance footage will allow the family to heal and could help solve the case. "I want to see the evidence. I want to see the video footage," Pipkins said.

"You want the truth," Strassmann said.

"Yes, I want the truth. I want justice for my son," Pipkins responded.

In response to the shooting, the Hoover Police Department said it is conducting an internal investigation and the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.

They also said in a statement: "We can say with certainty Mr. Bradford brandished a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene. Body camera video and other available video was immediately turned over to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department as part of the investigation. Now, all evidence has been handed over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to lead the investigation. Release of any video will be done as ALEA deems appropriate during the investigation."

The community will continue to push for a stronger response with more protests planned for Monday.

Defense attorney: Alabama mall shooting suspect not guilty.
An attorney is challenging the charge against a man jailed in a Thanksgiving day shooting that took place just before police killed another man at an Alabama mall. Charles Salvagio represents 20-year-old Erron Martez Dequan Brown. The Bessemer man is charged with attempted murder in a shooting that wounded a teenager at a mall near Birmingham. Salvagio said Tuesday that Brown is not guilty. Police blame Brown for a shooting they initially pinned on a black man who was shot and killed.

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