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The family of the mall shoot victim suggests Alabama's decision to take over the case



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By Janelle Griffith

The lawyer for the family of a man who was killed by the police on Thanksgiving night in Alabama's largest mall has the prosecutor's verdict Attorney Benjamin Crump said at a press conference on Monday that Alabama's Attorney General Steve Marshall's decision to oversee the case of fatal shots on Emantic "EJ" Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. by a police officer is premature and "profound worrying ".

"This could potentially undermine the black community's confidence in this process," Crump said.

Marshall announced Thursday that his office will oversee the case to avoid potential conflicts of interest for local officials. [1

9659007] In a letter to Jefferson County's newly elected prosecutor, Danny Carr, Marshall said Carr had "personal relationships" with some of the demonstrators who call f or the officer who shot Bradford to be prosecuted is also the first African-American district attorney in the history of the county.

Marshall also said that although he did not believe in a conflict, his office took control, a precaution against the possible occurrence of such a conflict.

Bradford's The Death has led to protests almost daily in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham.

"The family wants only that justice serves, "said Bradford's mother, April Pipkins, on Monday. "By accepting Mr. Carr's case, we believe they are trying to protect this officer who killed my son."

The authorities said an officer whose identity was not released held Bradford, an army veteran, as an arson gunman at the Riverchase Galleria Mall.

Crump and Bradford's family also renewed Monday's call for the police to release both the officer's identity and footage from the mall that night.

The Family and Crump were shown A short part of the video from around the time Bradford was filmed, the lawyer said.

He said that what they saw was consistent with the findings of an independent autopsy published this month that showed Bradford was hit three times from the back, head, neck, and back.

The Attorney General did not immediately respond to the request of NBC News. Carr was also not immediately available for comment.


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