An Alabama mayor says officials are relieved over a state report that cleared a police officer of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a black man in a busy shopping mall.
Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato discussed the state review at a news conference Wednesday.
Brocato expressed sympathy for relatives of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., who was armed when an officer mistook him for the gunman in a shooting in a mall on Thanksgiving.
But the mayor says the shooting also caused anxiety for the whole city, and he's relieved the investigation is over.
Brocato says the city will pay for the legal defense for the officer in any civil lawsuit stemming from the shooting.