Alabama AG Won’t Charge Officer in Mall Shooting

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Protesters enraged by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s decision to clear the officer who fatally shot Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. at the a shopping mall in  Hoover, Al., on Thanksgiving night burned two American flags in front of Hoover City Hall Tuesday night, reports Al.com. “He did not deserve what you did to him. You shoot my first born son three times, three kill shots and you call this justice. How dare you. If this happened to your child, would you still call it justice? Because I don’t see any justice in this,” said Bradford’s mother, April Pipkins.

Organizer Carlos Chaverst then spray painted “Black lives don’t matter” on two American flags before setting them on fire. Hoover police have not released the officer’s name. “After an extensive investigation and review, 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,” Marshall said. “The facts of this case demonstrate that Officer 1 reasonably exercised his official powers, duties, or functions when he shot” Bradford. , the report continues. Cynthia Bradford, Bradford’s step mother, said, “I wasn’t surprised Steve Marshall chose not to charge the Hoover officer who killed E.J. Bradford, Jr. with a crime. But I’m still mad.”

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