Alabama Police Shot EJ Bradford From Behind, Family Says: ‘My Son Was Murdered’
An independent autopsy has found that Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., a black man killed by police on Thanksgiving night, was shot three times from behind during the incident in an Alabama mall. Lawyers for Bradford’s family released the results Monday, saying they confirmed he had been fleeing with his back turned at the time he was killed.
“We believe, based on this forensic evidence, that this officer should be charged with a crime,” attorney Ben Crump told a news conference in Birmingham, Ala., flanked by Bradford’s father.
The autopsy commissioned by the family showed that Bradford had been shot in the head, neck and lower back, all from behind. It was the gunshot wound to the head that killed him, according to the report, which concluded that the “manner of death is homicide.”