A military veteran, Emantic (EJ) Bradford Jr., was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day by Hoover Police. The incident occurred at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, Alabama. A fight broke out between two men. One of the men pulled a gun and shot the other man in the chest. He also shot a 12 year old girl in the back.
When the officers arrived they saw EJ Bradford with a gun and shot him. According to the police, he was brandishing a gun (but we’ve all heard that police speak before). It was several days later that police released the statement that Bradford was not the shooter and that they shooter was still at large.
As of yet it is unknown what really happened. Bradford’s father said that EJ had a license to carry the gun and did so for personal protection. What does appear to be clear is that police jump straight to lethal force when the person they are looking at is black. All those TV shows that show officers calling out to drop the weapon, put your hands in the air, get down on the ground and so on don’t seem to apply if the person they are dealing with is a minority.
When are the law enforcement agencies in America going to realize that this is practically an epidemic and needs to be addressed? These are not unfortunate mistakes. This is lack of proper training and the fault lies with the agencies.
For more information click here to read the AL.com article.