"He's a black man with a gun": Emantic Bradford's shooting divides city on civil rights

The timeline as to what transpired, leading to the death of yet another young black man in America, is unclear as officials have released evolving, transforming narratives.

“It is so troubling, when you think of all the black men across America who have been killed because they moved a certain way. They have a cell phone, it was dark and they couldn’t see,” said civil rights attorney Crump, before listing African American shooting victims whose families he has represented: Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Botham Jean in Dallas; and Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

The veteran lawyer grew visibly angry as he referenced white, male mass shooters taken alive by police in recent years: Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland, Florida school shooter this year; and Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine African American worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

“When it comes to [Bradford], who several witnesses say was trying to help them escape, help them get out of harm’s way, help them get to safety, police [don’t] see a good guy with a gun, he’s a black man with a gun,” Crump said.

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