Residents Still Calling for Justice After 2018 Galleria Shooting

Emantic Bradford

By WVUA23 Digital Reporter Aundralesha Wordlow

HOOVER— On Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 protests were held in Hoover calling for justice for 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. Bradford was shot and killed by police in the wake of a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving Day 2018.

Bradford enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2017 and was administratively separated in August 2018. He worked as the main caregiver for his father who battled cancer.

On Nov. 22, 2018, a 12-year-old boy and a 70-year-old woman were shot inside the Riverchase Galleria.

Bradford was near the crime scene and holding a legally owned weapon when police shot Bradford in the back. Video evidence later revealed Bradford was not involved in the initial shooting.

Erron Brown, who was 20 at the time of the shooting, was charged with attempted murder for the boy’s and woman’s shooting.

In 2019, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall cleared the officer who shot Bradford of any wrongdoing, but protestors say the officer should be charged.

“It’s gone unrecognized for too long, and justice still hasn’t been brought for EJ’s family,” said protest organizer Satura Dudley.

Bradford’s parents filed a lawsuit against the Hoover Police Department over his death in 2019.

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