Protests Move To Montgomery, Hoover Mayor Speaks Out

 1524428822 
1549467412
Kyle Gassiot, Troy Public Radio

Pictured is the family of Bradford protesting in Montgomery.

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato says the city plans to defend the unidentified officer who shot and killed Emantic Bradford Jr. in any potential civil litigation.

This comes one day after Attorney General Steve Marshall‘s office released a report by the State Bureau of Investigation that cleared the officer of wrongdoing.

Mayor Frank Brocato speaks to media.
Source: Sherrel Wheeler Stewart,WBHM

Mayor Frank Brocato speaks to media.

In a press conference Wednesday morning, Brocato says he “respects the attorney general’s findings and encourages everyone to read the report in full.”

Bradford was killed Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover. He was shot by a Hoover police officer responding to gunfire inside the mall. When the officer arrived on the scene, he says he saw Bradford with a gun and assumed he was a threat.

Bradford was running towards his friend, Brian Wilson when the officer fired three bullets from behind into Bradford’s head, neck and back. Wilson was wounded by Erron Brown, who fled the scene and said he was acting in self-defense when he shot Wilson.

Outraged by the report findings, activists moved their efforts Wednesday to the state capitol in Montgomery. Joining them were members of Bradford’s family, who say they plan to file a civil suit against the officer who shot Bradford, and against the city of Hoover.

This is their latest attempt after two months of intermittent protesting throughout Hoover. Thev’ve marched outside the home of Mayor Frank Brocato, the mall where Bradford was killed, and blocked busy roads and interstates.

The protesters continue to ask that the entire video of the shooting be released ,along with the identity of the officer who shot him. But AG Steve Marshall told WBHM in an interview there is no reason to reveal his identity.

“If any other individual were investigated by law enforcement and there was no determination a crime was committed, that information wouldn’t be public,” Marshall said. “There’s no reason for an officer to be treated any differently.”

Marshall says there is no value to the public in knowing his identity. Meanwhile, Hoover Mayor Brocato says he does not know the officer directly, but that he will go “through a process” outlined by Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis in order to return to work.

Watch Here: Video Of The Shooting Released By The Attorney General’s Office

More Crime Coverage

Erasing The Stain: 15,000 Pardoned Of Marijuana Possession Convictions

Mayor Randall Woodfin plans to pardon more than 15,000 Birmingham residents convicted of marijuana possession.

Jefferson County Nears Deal For New Humane Society

The plan is for Jefferson County to purchase lots one and two of the property, which would remain under county ownership. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society would purchase lot three and build an animal hospital and adoption control facility there.

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty Of George Floyd’s Murder

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, has been found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Past And Present Collide As Community Health Centers Strive To Close Rural Care Gaps In The Pandemic

Many rural health leaders believe community health centers, which were born in the 60s to reach low-income communities of color, were a missing piece in achieving equity in the vaccine rollout.

Birmingham Sets Up Civilian Board to Review Police Misconduct

The five-member board will have the authority to investigate citizen complaints and will have some subpoena powers to aid those investigations.

Big Union Loss At Amazon Warehouse Casts Shadow Over Labor Movement

Last week's overwhelming vote against forming a union at Amazon's Bessemer warehouse was the latest in a string of disappointments for labor unions. Now Amazon employees and union backers are trying to find a way forward.

More Crime Coverage