PROTESTERS GATHER OUTSIDE HOOVER MAYOR’S HOME, DEMAND JUSTICE FOR MALL SHOOTING VICTIM

Hoover Shooting

Protests erupted at Hoover mayor Frank Brocato’s home last night.

The protests started around 8 p.m. Nov. 27. People were demanding video surveillance of the Riverchase Galleria shooting be released.

Earlier that day, Hoover City Council members had little to say after going into executive session at a special called meeting. The meeting was to discuss possible litigation against the city, stemming from the officer-involved shooting death. Those who filed the council chamber during the executive session had a lot to say, including several religious leaders, who are calling for peace and patience.

“I don’t seem to see any transparency,” Mike McClure Sr., leader of the Gatekeepers Association of Alabama, said. “I think that’s the sticky part, but I understand, being an ex-law enforcement officer. I understand investigations take time. So I think here the key word would be some degree of tolerance and a whole lot of patience I think would really help in this situation.”

Friends and family of 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. gathered at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham for a town hall and prayer meeting Tuesday night. Bradford was shot and killed Thanksgiving night at Riverchase Galleria by a Hoover police officer who mistakenly believed Bradford shot an 18-year-old man and 12-year-old girl moments earlier. The real suspect is still at large.

The funeral for EJ is expected to be Saturday.

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