Hoover police officer justified in shooting death of E.J. Bradford at Galleria Mall on Thanksgiving Day.
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall today informed the Hoover Police Department and the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation that he has concluded that the Hoover police officer who shot and killed Emantic “E.J.” Bradford Jr. at the Riverchase Galleria mall on November 22, 2018, did not commit a crime under Alabama law and thus will not be criminally charged for his actions. The Attorney General further noted that it was his understanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reviewed the matter and found no evidence to initiate a case against the officer for civil rights violation(s).
That day, an altercation resulted in shots being fired and two injured at the Galleria during Black Friday weekend. Following the initial shooting, two officers from the Hoover Police Department approached and shot an alleged suspect, Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., who died at the scene, but later clarified to not be the shooter due to a misidentification. Protests were organized by a Birmingham activist group called Justice League, calling for a boycott of the Galleria
Also this morning, the Attorney General’s Office showed surveillance video of the shooting death of E.J. Bradford Jr. to Bradford’s parents and attorneys, who had requested to be shown the video and to have it released to the public.