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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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Police Shoot the Wrong Guy—Again

Dec 10, 2018

Police in Hoover, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, shot a black man in the back after a shooting took place. Two people were wounded, 18-year-old Brian Wilson and a 12-year-old girl. Two cops nearby responded, one shooting and killing 21-year-old Emantic (EJ) Bradford, Jr.

But Bradford was not the shooter! Police eventually arrested another man, 20-year-old Erron Brown, for attempted murder in the shooting of Wilson.

Protesters have carried out numerous demonstrations over two weeks against the shooting of Bradford by the cop. Bradford’s family have also spoken out against his shooting by police and also against their actions since.

The cops initially claimed Bradford was responsible for shooting the two people wounded and that they shot him while he fled. They have since admitted, based on witnesses and forensic evidence, that Bradford did not fire the rounds that wounded the other two.

The cops also said Bradford had “brandished” a gun, but changed their story later. They said that he “had a gun in his hand,” when police shot him. Bradford’s family point out he had a permit to carry a weapon.

Gun rights advocates frequently say there need to be “good guys with guns” present when a shooter starts shooting. For cops around the country, that doesn’t seem to hold if the “good guy with a gun” happens to be black.

For example, Jemel Roberson, a black security guard in Midlothian, Illinois was shot and killed by a cop after Roberson shot a gunman who opened fire in a bar.

In Alabama, Bradford was “the good guy with a gun” that police shot in the back. The police give the appearance of a yet another racist coverup of the killing of a black man.