Autopsy Shows Army Vet Emantic Bradford Jr. Was Fatally Shot From Behind By Police + FSU Fan Fired After Racist Posts Aimed Football Coach Willie Taggart
New details have emerged about how police fatally shot army vet Emnatic Bradford Jr. on Thanksgiving. Get those deets, plus why one FSU fan got fired from his job inside...
Being black in America will get you killed by police even when you're NOT the bad guy.
Details are emerging about the army vet who was gunned down by police in an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving. Officers in Hoover, AL were responding to a shooting at Galleria Mall in Birmingham just before 10pm on Thanksgiving. Two people - a 12-year-old and 18-year-old - were injured.
Police shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Fitzgerald Bradford Jr ., who they said was holding a pistol. And he was. The reason? He was helping other shoppers to safety during the shooting. However, when police got on the scene and saw a black man holding a gun, they immediately assumed he was the shooter and killed him on the spot. Obviously, the 2nd amendment doesn't apply to black men.
It's reported the police never gave EJ any commands or anything. They just started shooting when they saw a black man with a gun in his hand. Not only that, it was reported they didn't give him immediate medical attention after shooting him.
Initially, the police said they fatally shot the gunman. Then, they came back and said they made a mistake. The police department issued a statement admitting they shot the wrong person. The suspect - 20-year-old Erron Brown - was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals Service in Georgia last week.
The family hired famed attorney Benjamin Crump and he had an independent autopsy done on EJ's body. The report showed he was shot three times FROM THE BACK. He was shot in the head, back, and neck. One of the bullets entered the back of his head and another the back of his hip. He also had a laceration on his right eyebrow that might indicate he fell face forward after being shot.
“We believe based on this forensic evidence that this officer should be charged with a crime,” Crump said during a news conference. “There’s nothing that justifies him shooting E.J. as he’s moving away from him. You’re not a threat when you’re running away.”
The former army vet had graduated from Catholic high school in the area and joined the army in 2017. He reportedly was "administratively separated” from the service in August. His father, Emantic Bradford Sr. - who is a former corrections officer - said his son had a permit to carry a concealed weapon. He also said had police given him commands when they first made contact, he would still be alive today.
The killing has sparked protests in the Birmingham area, where protesters have demanded the release of body camera footage of the incident. Hoover Police Department said they aren't releasing any evidence - including video of the fatal shooting - until their investigation is complete.
We're SO sick of hearing about innocent black people dying at the hands of police. And so is "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah . Here's what he had to say about the unfortunate situation:
“Multiple people heard gunshots and pulled out their guns, but the only one shot by police was a black guy?”
Trevor on the shooting of Emantic Bradford Jr.: pic.twitter.com/bOiOvwGwE5
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 28, 2018
In other news..
A FSU fan has been fired from his job after posting racists remarks about football coach Willie Taggart , the first black head football coach in FSU's history. Serves him right.
An employee at Hilton Grand Vacations shared a meme that featured a lynching of Florida State head coach Willie Taggart. After FSU got stomped out by the Florida Gators, the unidentified employee posted an image that featured the FSU head coach's face atop of the body of a black man hanging from a tree.
Now, he's headed to the unemployment line.
According to reports, the Seminoles fan was first suspended by the Orlando-based company. After they investigated, they let the team member go.
"Our concern regarding this situation has been a top priority," said Lauren George, a spokeswoman for Hilton Grand Vacations. "The person responsible for posting this information has been terminated. His behavior was in violation of multiple company policies and the furthest example from being a reflection of our company’s values."
While the company has declined to release the name of the employee due to confidentiality, screenshots of the post have been linked by to Tom Shand's social media account.
A formal investigation is being conducted by Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell.
Tallahassee.com reports :
Campbell confirmed his office was investigating the Facebook post. However, he said he only knew Shand's name based on media accounts and a screenshot of the post.
“It’s hard for me to prosecute a Facebook post,” Campbell said. “That’s why we’re working with our law enforcement partners to find out what the true facts are. Then I can make a determination of what charges are appropriate.”
Part of the investigation is determining where the post originated and what venue prosecution would take place in, Campbell said.
“Any threat of violence to anybody in this community – he’s a father, a husband and a member of our community – we’re going to investigate it to the fullest extent possible.”
Let's keep our fingers crossed that they actually do something rather than just SAY what they're going to do.