FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2018, file frame from video, April Pipkins holds a photograph of her deceased son, Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., during an interview in Birmingham, Ala. Bradford, who was licensed to carry a gun, was killed Thanksgiving night by an officer responding to a report of gunfire at a shopping mall in Hoover, Ala. The recent shootings of Bradford Jr. and Jemel Roberson amplified long-held worries that bad things can happen when a black man is seen with a gun. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners

December 06, 2018 - 1:34 pm

ODENTON, Md. (AP) — Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man who drew a gun in response to a crime in the U.S. was shot to death by a white police officer after apparently being mistaken for the bad guy.

Some African-Americans who are licensed to carry weapons say it's cases like those that make them hesitant to step in to protect others when they see a crime.

The two killings took place in Illinois and Alabama.

The Rev. Kenn Blanchard, a black man from Maryland who hosts a gun advocacy show on YouTube, says it's about racism and the way black people are seen as scary.

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