Alabama city set to respond after state clears cop in fatal mall shooting

Activists protesting the police shooting of a black man in an Alabama shopping mall hold U.S. flags painted with the words "Black lives don't matter" in Hoover, Ala., on Tuesday.
(Jay Reeves / Associated Press)

An Alabama city is set to respond to the state’s decision not to prosecute a police officer who killed a black man in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving.

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato and others have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday about the slaying of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr.

Alabama Atty. Gen. Steve Marshall’s office announced Tuesday that a police officer would not be prosecuted after fatally shooting Bradford at a mall in Hoover as Black Friday shopping began.

The officer mistakenly shot Bradford after seeing him running with a gun following a shooting. The review showed that Bradford didn’t shoot his gun.


Demonstrators burned U.S. flags outside Hoover City Hall after the state’s decision against charges. Activists say they’ll protest at the attorney general’s office in Montgomery on Wednesday.