A forensic examination shows a black man was shot three times in the back side of his body when an Alabama police officer mistook him for the shooter after gunfire erupted at a crowded shopping mall, the man’s family said Monday. The results of a report commissioned by the family are “devastating” to relatives of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., their lawyer, Ben Crump, said at an emotional news conference.
Emantic Bradford Sr. angrily jabbed his finger at the TV cameras as he addressed the unnamed officer, saying: “You’re a coward!” The officer in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover should be charged with homicide, Bradford said, “because this is murder.” The Rev. Jesse Jackson also attended the news conference at The Rock, a small church EJ Bradford attended in north Birmingham. Jackson said authorities’ refusal to release video evidence smacks of a cover-up. Police in Hoover reiterated Monday that they won’t release officer video or other evidence about the Thanksgiving night killing until the state investigation is complete. They released a letter from state investigators expressing concern that the investigation could be jeopardized or hindered if information is released.