HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - The family of EJ Bradford calls it “deeply disturbing” that the Galleria shooting case has been turned over to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.
Bradford family attorney Ben Crump feels taking the case out of District Attorney Danny Carr’s hands is a slap in the face to voters who put him in office. Crump questions the AG’s motives.
"The family has feared that this could potentially undermine any trust that the black community has in this process,” Crump said.
That was echoed my EJ’s mom.
"By taking this case from Mr. Carr, we feel they are trying to protect this officer who killed my son,” April Pipkins, EJ’s mother said.
Attorney General Marshall says his team is taking over because of a possible conflict of interest. Crump is asking for Jefferson County-Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washingon to be appointed to prosecute the case.
"She doesn’t have any alleged conflicts of interest. The family has great faith and trust that she will be unbiased,” Crump said.
Crump is once again calling for the video from the night of the shooting to be released to the public.
"The straightest path to justice would be to release all the video to everybody could see for themselves what happened,” Crump added.
In a statement, the Attorney General’s office says:
“Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr directly conveyed to Attorney General Marshall the presence of Carr’s perceived conflicts in this matter. Attorney General Marshall acted on standard procedure to assume prosecution. The Attorney General’s Office will ensure that the Hoover mall shooting cases are handled with the highest degree of fairness and professionalism as we pursue justice for all parties.”
Last week, ALEA said it’s not releasing any new information right now because it may hinder the investigation.