December 7, 2018

Action Alert:
Call for Charges Against Officer who Killed E.J. Bradford

Update: On December 13, 2018, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall removed District Attorney Danny Carr, an African-American, from the Bradford case. Marshall claimed it was necessary because Carr had “potential conflicts” due to his relationships with some of the local organizers protesting Bradford’s death. This was the first time in 65 years that an Alabama AG has taken over a DA’s murder investigation. On February 5, 2019, Marshall ruled that the officer who shot and killed E.J. Bradford was justified in his actions, issuing a report. Marshall’s office then refused a public records request from the ACLU for videos, documents, and even the names of officers involved in the killing of Bradford (all of which are still being withheld from his family). Bradford’s family has filed a lawsuit against the AG and Hoover Police Department.

On the evening of November 22, 2018,  Erron Martez Dequan Brown, a 20 year-old from Bessemer, Georgia, entered the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall in Alabama armed and ready to kill 18 year-old Brian Wilson. He found Wilson in the mall and opened fire, injuring him. Chaos ensued as mall-goers scattered in panic and officers with the Hoover Police Department arrived on the scene. The officers were expecting to engage an active shooter.

April Pipkins holds a picture of her deceased son E.J. Bradford, 21, during an interview. Bradford’s father Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Sr. has stated, “My son was murdered.”

Caught in the middle was mall shopper E.J. Bradford, a 21 year-old Army veteran and Birmingham city worker who cared for his cancer-stricken father, a former corrections officer. Bradford was carrying a handgun and a valid concealed carry permit. He allegedly drew his handgun thinking he needed it to defend himself against active shooter Erron Martez Dequan Brown.

Something then went terribly wrong. A Hoover Police Department officer, seeing Bradford holding a handgun, shot him three times from behind and at a “slightly upward angle.” One round hit Bradford in the head, killing him. A 12 year-old girl in the mall was also shot and wounded.

Brown slipped away from the panicked scene at the mall and was not apprehended by police until a week later. He is being charged with attempted murder. But the officer who shot E.J. Bradford multiple times from behind, killing him, has not been charged or even named!

Please contact Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr through one of the channels below and give him the following message, personalized to your liking:

Bring charges immediately against the officer who shot 21 year-old E.J. Bradford in the back three times, killing him, during an active shooter incident at the Riverchase Galleria Mall on November 22, 2018. Bradford was an Army veteran who was licensed to carry the handgun he drew to protect himself that evening. If a white CHL drew a gun against an active shooter and a Hoover PD officer killed him mistakenly, you know darn well you’d bring charges. I demand equal justice for E.J. Bradford, a good man who served his country, community and family with honor. The officer who did this MUST be held accountable for his/her mistake that night. A family is grieving for a young man who had his whole life ahead of him, for no good reason! No more stalling, no more passing the buck to other attorneys. The forensic evidence makes it clear there is probable cause to make an arrest and bring charges for manslaughter. Your integrity’s on the line in this case. Do the right thing. I will be watching your actions closely.

Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr
Phone: (205) 325-5252

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