HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The protest in front of the Hoover Police Department moved into a major roadway Monday evening as protestors called for justice in the death of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr.
“We are about to do something that could get us all arrested. If you are not prepared to get arrested, leave now. We’re going to occupy the freeway right over here,” organizers warned as they prepared to move the crowd into the busy street.
“What do we want? justice. When do we want it? Now!” the protesters chanted as they walked toward the Riverchase Galleria. “Because the cops lie! And they lie! And they lie!”
Bradford Jr. was shot to death by a uniformed Hoover Police officer on Thanksgiving. The officer was responding to a shooting inside the mall where a 12-year-old girl and an 18-year-old male were severely wounded. The gunman remains at large.
Thursday night, police held a press conference saying the shooter had been fatally shot by their officer. Friday evening, they issued a statement explaining they no longer believed Bradford fired any shots, and said the shooter remained at large. Hoover PD said in their Friday evening statement that Bradford Jr., was reportedly engaged by the responding officer, and that Bradford was brandishing a handgun.
Monday, police clarified that when they said brandish, they meant Bradford “had a gun in his hand” and that “instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene.”
Protesters called for the resignation of Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato and of the police commissioner Monday night.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the case.
The 12-year-old girl who was injured in the shooting was released from the hospital Monday, her mom told CBS 42. An update on the condition of the 18-year-old male has not been released.