Protests in in the US state of Alabama have continued over the death of a black man with police now suggesting the victim was killed because he “brandished” his gun.
Emantic Fitzgerald “EJ” Bradford Jr., a former US soldier, was fatally shot on Thursday after police officers responding to a shooting report confused him for a gunman who remains at large.
An officer had killed Bradford while responding to the report of the shooting last week that wounded two people in the Riverchase Galleria shopping center the Birmingham suburb of Hoover on Thanksgiving night.
Alabama police offered an explanation, saying Bradford was shot for showing his gun.
“We can say with certainty Mr. Bradford brandished a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene,” police said in a statement on Monday, as quoted by ABC News.