Hundreds of people have staged a protest in the US state of Alabama after a policeman wrongly shot dead an African American who the officer thought had shot two persons at a shopping center.
The protesters gathered at the Riverchase Galleria mall in suburban Birmingham, where 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr was fatally shot Thursday after police officers responding to a shooting report confused him for the gunman.
The protest was organized by Carlos Chaverst Jr., president of the Birmingham activist group Justice League.
Protesters observed a moment of silence at the spot where Bradford was killed. His stepmother then addressed the crowd and described Braford as a respectful young man and son of a Birmingham police officer.
Bradford’s aunt Catherine Jewell said he served in the Army and was on leave for Thanksgiving.
“They didn’t have to take him like that,” Jewell said. She said that she and Bradford’s mother found out…