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Activists Protest Shooting of Man at Riverchase Galleria Mall

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The sad death of Emantic Bradford Jr at the Riverchase Galleria Mall in Hoover, Alabama on Thanksgiving has led to protests. Initially, he was thought to be an Army engineer, as reported by the Daily Mail, but that information was incorrect. His death at the hands of police created the catalyst for protests, one of which occurred on Tuesday at the Hoover Mayor’s private residence.

The neighbors handed out hot chocolate to the protesters, who dispersed later on, according to Howard Koplowitz, a political reproter. Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato was apparently not home at the time of the demonstration.

The protesters chanted the commonly used “No Justice, No Peace” and promised: “If we’re uncomfortable, then you are going to be uncomfortable.”

Questions

The Army says he never became a soldier and was not an Army veteran. He received a general discharge before completing training.  We do not have the exact reason for his discharge, whether medical or something else. He appears to be making a hand gesture in the photo, although the meaning is unknown, if it has a meaning at all.

“Bradford did not serve in the Army, as he never completed advanced individual training.” Army Media Relations

Was Mr. Bradford trying to help at the scene of the shooting? There are multiple photos of him in the Army uniform, which may indicated that he was proud of his service, as short as it was.

Why did he flee the scene? Two officers encountered him while he was “brandishing” a firearm as he was running and one of them shot him. That officer is on administrative leave.

It was determined that Bradford was not the gunman who shot the two victims, as we reported. But again, why did he flee and “brandish” a gun when he was not the shooter, or did he actually “brandish” it? Without the body cams, we can’t hear what was exchanged between the officers and Mr. Bradford. Did they give commands that were ignored or not?

The legal term “brandishing” refers to waving a weapon or pointing it in anger or excitement, and is about putting fear into those in the immediate vicinity.

Reports say that multiple people pulled their guns when the shooting started, but Mr. Bradford was the only one killed. According to multiple accounts, he was legally carrying a weapon.

The NAACP is now involved as well as a civil rights attorney for the family of Mr. Bradford. The 16th Street Baptist Church held a prayer service on November 28 for about 100 supporters, according to Blue Lives Matter.

Locals report that the 16th Street Baptist Church has been involved in civil rights activism since the 1960s. They are calling for the body cams to be released, but the cameras are in the possession of the Alabama Department of Law Enforcement until the investigation is completed.

 

 

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