Trayvon Martin would’ve turned 24 on Tuesday but seven years after his death, it’s still open season on Blacks in America, and justice is for white men who shoot them.
Emantic Bradford Jr., a 21-year-old veteran who ushered people to safety during a Riverchase Mall shooting in Alabama was robbed of justice. The unnamed officer who shot him was exonerated Tuesday morning.
Bradford was killed by the officer with three shots to in the back. Police say the officer who mistook him as the mall shooter.
Police initially said that Bradford was the shooter to the press, without any investigation, and later apologized. Bradford had a license to carry a concealed weapon.
But Hoover Police Chief Gregg Rector blamed Bradford, saying he should not have taken out his weapon.
After two months of investigation, and allegations of a cover up, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall in a 24-page report released Tuesday said the officer’s “actions were reasonable under the circumstances and were consistent with his training and nationally accepted standards for ‘active shooting scenarios.'”
The report stated:
“The Attorney General has determined Officer 1 did not commit a crime under Alabama law when he shot and killed E.J. Bradford and thus the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct preclude presentation of this case to a grand jury.”
The family is rightfully livid.
“My son was murdered. And you think I’m going to let it go,” Emantic Bradford Sr. said after the meeting. “That was a homicide you killed my son. You are a coward. You’re a coward too, Steve Marshall.”
Bradford’s mother April Pipkins also spoke.
“Attorney [Marshall], I want to know, if that was your child would you consider this justice” she said. “Would anyone consider this justice You shoot my child three times, and you call this justice”
Benjamin Crump, the family’s lawyer maintains this is a cover up, and that there were witnesses that were specifically selected to support exoneration.
He also said that Marshall showed little respect for the family, showing the mall surveillance to the media before the family. “That’s the disrespect the attorney general has shown this family,” he said.
“E.J. Bradford had absolutely nothing to do with the initial altercation,” Crump said. He said Marshall had enough evidence with the video and body cam footage to charge the unnamed officer.
Marshall also didn’t meet with the Bradfords in person, but sent representatives instead to tell them his decision. There was no grand jury to decide just the attorney general.
“We’re in Alabama. It’s still cool to kill a Black man,” Bradford Sr. said Tuesday. “It ain’t over. It ain’t over at all. Bottom line, I am going to have justice for my son and you’re going to deal with it.”
Meanwhile, Alabama police issued a warning to the public about the two fatal shootings of police officers in Birmingham and Mobile, ONE HOUR before Marshall’s announcement of the officer’s exoneration in Bradford’s killing.
“We will bring everything we have against you if you harm one of our law enforcement officers,” said Richard Moore, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. “We will come after you.”
Moore didn’t address the Bradford shooting at that press conference.