‘My son was murdered,’ says father of man shot by police in Alabama mall

The family of the 21-year-old man killed by a police officer in an Alabama mall says an independent autopsy shows he was shot three times in the back.

“That was wrong. My son was murdered by this officer and that was cowardice,” Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Sr., whose namesake son was shot to death on Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover, said at a news conference Monday morning.

The father spoke after attorneys for the family shared results of an independent autopsy that showed Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was shot hit in the head, neck and lower back by three bullets allegedly fired at him from behind.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Bradford family, said Dr. Roger Mitchell, a forensic pathologist, was hired by the family to conduct the autopsy and concluded that the “manner of death is homicide.”

“We believe based on this forensic evidence that this officer should be charged with a crime,” Crump said at the news conference. “There’s nothing that justifies him shooting E.J. as he’s moving away from him.”

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