The investigation into the shooting of Emantic “E.J.” Bradford has been as problematic as the one focused on Botham Jean‘s shooting. For a reason we can all imagine, when a Black man is gunned down by police, there always appears to be extreme cover ups. April Pipkins, Bradford’s mother, is speaking out and she is blasting the Alabama police.
Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr, who is Black, was originally on the case, but he was removed due to a photo posted on Facebook with Carlos Chaverst Jr. on Nov. 7. Chaverst Jr. has been protesting the Bradford shooting. See the photo below:
Attorney General Steve Marshal, who is white, is taking over the case — even though Lynneice Washington, another Black district attorney who handles cases in the area, could have also been assigned to the Bradford case. April Pipkins said at a press conference, “All the family wants is for justice to be served for my son. By taking the case from Mr. Carr, we feel they are trying to protect this officer who killed by son.”
Carr’s did not directly comment on being removed, but his office released a statement last week saying they were capable of staying on the case. Benjamin Crump, who represents the family called Carr being removed “very suspicious” and also said, “They feel they’re trying to protect this officer.”
Back on Dec. 13, State Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, said after it was announced that Attorney General Steve Marshall was taking over, “If there’s any hint of a cover up, there will be massive protests from Birmingham to Montgomery by national people… Al Sharpton and everybody. Jesse [Jackson], NAACP, everybody. It’ll be like in 1960.”
On Thanksgiving night, 21-year-old Bradford, who served in the Army, was killed by police when he was trying to help people during a shooting at Riverside Galleria mall in Hoover, Alabama. An autopsy showed he was shot three times from behind, including once in the head and once in the neck.
Authorities immediately said Bradford was the mall shooter, which was wrong. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency took over the investigation from the Hoover police and arrested the actual suspect, Erron Martez Dequan Brown, 20, one week after Bradford was killed. Brown claims he is not guilty.