NAACP Legal Defense Fund asks fed to investigate police shooting of Emantic EJ Bradford Jr
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is requesting an independent federal investigation into the officer-involved shooting of Emantic Bradford, Jr. The 21 year old was shot and killed by a Hoover police officer inside the Gallaria mall Thanksgiving night. In a letter sent to Jay E. Town, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama sent on December 6th, LDF officials described the Hoover P.D.'s initial investigation "riddled with errors." Officials reference Hoover's initial claim that Bradford was responsible for the mall shooting that left two people injured -- including a 12 year old girl. Police later retracted the claim.
They further cite results of a private autopsy requested by the victim's family that revealed Bradford was shot three times from behind.
“By baselessly and wrongly blaming Mr. Bradford for the shootings before conducting a competent investigation, the HPD has caused tremendous pain to Mr. Bradford’s family and to the local community, resulting in days of protests and a deepening mistrust that will only make an investigation into this matter by local authorities more difficult,” the letter states.
"Accordingly, we request that you conduct a separate criminal investigation into this matter and consider any credible evidence of Hoover officers’ willful deprivation of civil rights, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 242, to determine whether further federal action is necessary," the letter states.