The way the police are handling the unjust killing of Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., the 21-year-old who was trying to save people from a shooter on Thanksgiving night in a small Alabama town, continues to get more despicable. From the family learning of his death on social media to eyewitnesses saying an officer shot with no warning to a recent statement from the cops in which they are blaming Bradford for his own death.
According to the Associated Press, the city of Hoover released the following 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.”
The statement continued, “We extend sympathy to the family of Emantic J. Bradford of Hueytown, who was shot and killed during Hoover Police efforts to secure the scene in the seconds following the original altercation and shooting. The loss of human life is a tragedy under any circumstances.”
According to Alabama.com, “According to witnesses, Bradford was trying to guide people away from the area where the initial shooting occurred, that his gun was tucked in his waistband, and that as Bradford lay dying on the Galleria mall floor, police did not allow a nurse who was nearby to attend to him.”
Bradford’s parents told CNN this morning they still haven’t heard from police. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the family, told CNN, “We don’t trust the police department because they’ve already lied to them. They released his picture all over the world saying he was the shooter and the police officer was a hero.” Crump also said Bradford was shot in the face and they may not be able to have an open casket funeral.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. We hope they receive justice.