The Latest: Protesters burn flags after officer cleared

FILE - In this Nov.
FILE - In this Nov.  

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on reaction following decision that clears officer in Alabama mall shooting (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

Protesters in Alabama have burned two American flags outside Hoover City Hall and vowed intensified protests at schools, businesses and homes in response to the state's decision against prosecuting the officer who shot a 21-year-old armed black man while responding to a mall shooting on Thanksgiving night.

As he lit a flag Tuesday evening, demonstration leader Carlos Chaverst Jr. says the symbol won't mean anything to him until black lives matter.

More than a half-dozen officers watched from a few feet away.

A report released by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Tuesday says the officer mistakenly believed Emantic "EJ" Bradford, Jr. fired the earlier shots but was still justified in shooting him.

One of the organizers, Frank Matthews, says demonstrators including members of Bradford's family will travel to Montgomery on Wednesday to stage a protest at the attorney general's office.


1:15 p.m.

A police officer will not face charges for killing a man he mistook for the gunman in an Alabama mall shooting.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Tuesday that he concluded the officer did not break the law and won't be charged in the death.

An officer shot 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Bradford, Jr. while responding to a shooting on Thanksgiving night at a mall in Hoover, Alabama.

A report released by Marshall says the officer mistakenly believed Bradford fired the earlier shots but was still justified in shooting him. The report said the officer saw Bradford running toward the scene with a gun and believed he was trying to kill the shooting victim.

Bradford's father, Emantic Bradford Sr. told news reporters that Marshall had "covered it up" for the officer.


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