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Man shot during Black Friday chaos

by Brianna Bush - Lifestyles Editor
Wed, Dec 5th 2018 05:00 pm
Wrongful Death An Alabama man was wrongfully shot on Black Friday after a fight broke out at a Birmingham mall. Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. (left) was the victim of the shooting.
Wrongful Death An Alabama man was wrongfully shot on Black Friday after a fight broke out at a Birmingham mall. Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. (left) was the victim of the shooting.

On Thanksgiving afternoon at an Alabama mall, shots were fired resulting in two young girls getting injured. By the end of the night a man was shot dead by local law enforcement.

Black Friday is a busy night, where shoppers go out to buy friends and family gifts for the holidays at discount prices. Many people are wary of the “day of the deals” due to its hectic nature.

There have been many injuries reported on Friday, Nov. 23, some were very minor, where others resulted in major medical issues. Over the past 12 years there have been over 12 deaths recorded during the Black Friday mobs. This year only two deaths have occured and have been recorded. One in particular that stands out is 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.

During Black Friday Shopping in Riverchase Galleria Mall, located in south Birmingham, Bradford was suspected of shooting and injuring an 18-year-old and 12-year-old girl. Witnesses said Bradford was seen arguing with the 18-year-old near the food court when the fight broke out, according to The Washington Post.

Officers on scene were convinced Bradford was the shooter because he was seen “brandishing a pistol,” so they executed orders, shot and killed Bradford. In a video posted to The Washington Post website, shoppers were seen fleeing the food court, some even hopped over the counters to hide in take out areas. Shoppers were also seen carrying firearms in their hands as they were either fleeing or moving toward the scene.

Alabama’s gun laws permit a person to carry concealed weapons in the state, but according to The Washington Post, the Riverchase Galleria prohibited firearms and weapons on its premises.

According to the New York Times, Bradford was reported to have rushed to help aid and protect shoppers from catching a bullet.

He was just out there trying to protect people getting shot at, because the truth is, “the police said that Mr. Bradford was not in fact the gunman and that the true gunman remained on the loose.”

To justify what the officers have done, they claimed because Bradford brought a gun into a hostile situation he was thought to be the suspect. This has created an uproar in the community and has reached some other areas of the United States.

He is still being accused of being involved with the crime by the Alabama police, even though many believe he had nothing to do with the shooting. As soon as the altercation had occurred and Bradford lay dead on the ground, people were already protesting his death.

According to The Washington Post, a man down the corridor from Bradfords body said “That boy didn’t shoot at nobody. He’s dead! They just killed that black boy for no reason. . . He probably got a gun license and everything.”

This is another case of officers jumping the gun on an innocent man and because it was at the hands of law enforcement, people are posing questions about the “good guy with a gun” theory.

In Chicago a police officer shot and killed an armed, off duty security guard, the officer claimed that Jemel Roberson was ignoring his orders to drop his weapon.

According to witness statements that contradict what the officer had said.

“Protesters have pointed out that Mr. Roberson, who was black, was killed even though he was a “good guy with a gun,” the type of person put forth by the National Rifle Association and President Trump as a solution to mass shootings,” according to the New York Times.

Just like Roberson, Bradford was seen as that good guy with a gun, who was just looking to help people out in a very hostile situation.

How many more people are going to have to die at the hands of law enforcement before things start to change? Especially because most of these shootings involve innocent black men, who police officers think are guilty with just one glance,  shooting first and asking questions later.

This is a display of power advantage by law enforcement and it needs to end, all tit takes to start things on the right course is someone to stand up and want to make a change.