April Pipkins is speaking out about the tragic killing of her 21-year-old son Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. Six days after his death, she still hasn’t heard from police, and she is slamming the department who clearly appear to have racial bias.
Pipkins told the Associated Press that if Bradford were white, “I think the whole scenario would have played out differently, I really do.” Sadly, she also said she saw her son’s body on social media. “I did not want to see pictures of my son laying in a pool of blood and when I accidentally came across it I broke down. And I can’t get it out of my head. I cannot get the scene out of my head of my child laying there, nobody around him trying to help him, just laying like a piece of trash where everyone can walk around and parade and post pictures of him on social media,” she said.
During a church vigil Tuesday night in Hoover, Alabama, she collapsed while onstage trying to talk about her son. Protesters also gathered, and organizer Ladarius Hilliard called Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato (who had asked for “patience“) “an accomplice to murder.” See below:
Other protesters shouted at a Black police officer that he should be “ashamed of himself” and “before you were blue, you were Black. Never forget that.” See an image below:
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.
Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was killed Thanksgiving night while he was trying to stop a shooter at Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama. The cop shot EJ in the face and is reportedly on administrative leave. The shooter is still at-large.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. We hope they receive justice.