Family of black Alabama man killed by police filing suit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Parents of a black man who was shot to death by police who mistook him for a shooting suspect at an Alabama shopping mall are filing a federal lawsuit on the first anniversary of his death.

The parents of 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. joined lawyers at a news conference announcing the suit Friday.

Bradford’s mother, April Pipkins, says the lawsuit is meant to “bring change” so other families won’t have to endure what she’ been though.

A Hoover police officer shot Bradford after mistaking him for the person who fired shots at Alabama’s largest shopping mall on Thanksgiving night last year. Bradford had a gun, but relatives say he was a “good guy” assisting others after someone else opened fire.

Alabama’s attorney general cleared officers of any wrongdoing and the Justice Department didn’t bring federal charges.

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