Police just shot an innocent black man dead, blamed him for horrific shooting spree, killer still at large

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No matter how hard the National Rifle Association and the gun-loving right-wing cling to their delusional myths, reality proves time and time again that having mass firearm proliferation makes people much, much less safe and leads to an unforgivable amount of needless death.

That much was made clear when Alabama police quietly admitted that the man they killed on November 22nd during a Thanksgiving night shopping shooting was “likely” not the man that shot an eighteen-year-old and a twelve-year-old at the Riverchase Galleria.

Twenty-one-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr, an African-American U.S army soldier, was shot to death by the police after allegedly “fleeing the scene” with a weapon drawn, but it turns out he didn’t shoot anyone — but he paid the price for it anyway.

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It’s not even clear that Bradford Jr. was involved in the altercation at all. “New evidence now suggests that while Mr. Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim” admitted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in a media release on Saturday.

In all likelihood, Bradford Jr. drew his weapon in an open-carry state in response to the shots and then tried to get away, but was gunned down by trigger-happy cops.

Perhaps they were racially motivated, but perhaps they were just scared of getting shot — which is why open-carry and “the good guy with a gun” myth is not only incredibly stupid but dangerously counter-productive.

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The shooter is still at large, and the police are asking anyone with information to contact the Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777.

Original reporting by Carol Robinson at AL.com.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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