Emantic Bradford Jr.

Bradford Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., a young black man killed by a Hoover police officer a year ago, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Friday over his death. Attorneys for the family allege the officer did not follow proper procedure.

Questions Loom One Year After Hoover Mall Shooting

The police killing of 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. happened a year ago at the Riverchase Galleria Mall after officers wrongly thought he was the shooter. Alabama’s Attorney General cleared the Hoover police officer of any criminal wrongdoing and so did the Department of Justice. But a lot of questions remain unanswered.

Family of Emantic Bradford Jr. Renews Calls for Transparency

The family of a man killed by police in a Thanksgiving mall shooting wants authorities to release all video footage and the name of the officer involved.

What the DOJ Review Could Mean for Bradford Shooting Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing the case of the Hoover police officer who shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr. on Thanksgiving. To help us unpack this, we turned to former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Joyce White Vance.

Officials Won’t Name Hoover Officer Involved in Shooting. Why Not?

Officials still have not released the name of the police officer who shot and killed a 21-year-old black man at the Riverchase Galleria mall. The attorney general cleared the officer of any wrongdoing. Should authorities release his name?

Protests Move To Montgomery, Hoover Mayor Speaks Out

Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato says the city plans to defend the unidentified officer who shot and killed Emantic Bradford Jr. in any future civil litigation. Meanwhile, outraged protesters demonstrate outside of the state attorney general's office in Montgomery.

AG Steve Marshall Explains Why He Cleared Hoover Officer in Fatal Shooting

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office spent more than two months investigating the shooting death of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr. at the hands of a Hoover police officer. Marshall released the findings of his investigation and explained to WBHM why he won't prosecute the officer.

AG Marshall: Hoover Police Officer Was Justified in Fatal Shooting

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall says the officer who shot and killed Emantic Bradford Jr. Thanksgiving night was justified. This comes in a report released Tuesday, more than two months after the shooting.

Bradford Family Renews Calls For Release of Shooting Video

The family of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. renewed the call today for authorities to release all videos from the fatal Thanksgiving night shooting at the Riverchase Galleria mall.

Grand Jury to Decide Fate of Man Charged in Mall Shooting

A Jefferson County judge sent the case of Erron Brown to a grand jury following a Thursday preliminary hearing. Brown is charged with attempted murder in the mall shooting that injured two people and left one dead on Thanksgiving.

Experts: Alabama’s Mask Law is Outdated

For almost 70 years it's been illegal to wear a mask in public in Alabama, unless it's Halloween or Mardi Gras. Some activists and experts say the state's mask provision is unconstitutional.

Bradford Family Wants Jefferson County DA to Handle Shooting Case

The lawyer for the family of Emantic Bradford Jr. says State Attorney General Steve Marshall did not follow the normal process when he took over the case from Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr.

Fatal Hoover Police Shooting Prompts Race Debate

The fatal police shooting of a young black man at the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover has sparked weeks of vigils, protests and racial unrest. For some it has re-opened old wounds in the Birmingham community, decades after the civil rights movement.

ACLU and NAACP Request Policies on Police Use of Force

The ACLU of Alabama and Alabama NAACP filed public records requests with the Hoover police department and several others across the state. The organizations are looking for information on racial bias training, use of force and body camera policies.

State Attorney General Takes Over Galleria Shooting Case

State Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today his office is taking over the prosecution in the Thanksgiving shootings at the Galleria that left one man fatally shot by a Hoover policeman and two others wounded.

Governor and Lawmakers Asking for Patience From Public in Hoover Shooting Investigation, Some Want More Information From ALEA

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey pledged Monday that information about the shooting death of an armed man by police would be made public, but she urged patience.

Hoover Grapples with Unrest as Questions Remain Around Mall Shooting

Eighteen days after a young black man was shot and killed by a Hoover police officer at a busy mall, many unanswered questions remain. For more on why so little is known, WBHM’s Gigi Douban spoke with Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato and City Manager Allan Rice about the aftermath of the shooting, including the investigation, claims that city police are racist, and the healing process ahead.

Bradford Family Continues to Push for Release of All Video of Mall Shooting

Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump says results from an independent autopsy of Emantic Bradford Jr. align with a short video clip before his death, a new release says.

Gun Violence Through the Eyes of a Trauma Surgeon

The recent shooting at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover has renewed attention on the issue of gun violence. Dr. Jeff Kerby, head of trauma services at UAB, says to curb gun-related deaths and injuries, health officials must have a seat at the table.

Hoover Officials: Release of Info About Police Shooting ‘Premature’

The Hoover Police Department says it will not release any information regarding the shooting death of Emantic Bradford Jr. This is a departure from last week's statement in which officials said they could release details if the state's top law enforcement agency failed to do so by a Monday deadline.


Bradford Funeral a Celebration and Call to Action

Mourners in Birmingham Saturday remembered a young black man who was killed by police at a Hoover mall Thanksgiving night. The funeral was part celebration and part call to action.

Man Arrested In Connection With Thanksgiving Mall Shooting

Authorities have arrested 20-year-old Erron Martez Dequan Brown in connection with the attempted murder of 18-year-old Brian Wilson in the Thanksgiving night shooting at the Riverchase Galleria.

Expert: Active Shooter Situations Can Easily Confuse Police

Active shooter incidents can be difficult for police officers. Events unfold in seconds and often end tragically. In Hoover on Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria, police shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. Initially, they said he was the gunman in a shooting that left two wounded. They then backtracked and said the real gunman is still at large. Police responding to such situations can find themselves in the midst of chaos.

Protesters Say They Won’t Stop Until They Receive Answers About Emantic Bradford’s Death

About 65 people spent Monday night protesting outside the Hoover Police Department in hopes of pressuring them to release video of Emantic Bradford Jr.'s death.

Confusion And Frustration Grow After Police Shooting At Alabama Mall

Police, who killed a black man Thanksgiving night after a shooting at an Alabama mall, now say Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr. probably was not involved in the altercation.

Family of Black Man Killed by Officer Wants Answers

During a press conference Sunday, the family of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr. and attorney Ben Crump called on the Hoover Police Department to release available video footage of EJ's death.

Protesters Demand Justice for Man Killed by Hoover Police

Protesters gathered Saturday at the Riverchase Galleria to demand justice for the killing of E.J. Bradford, who was shot by police on Thanksgiving night. Police hours after the shooting said Bradford was the shooter who wounded two people, but later said he was likely not the gunman.

Galleria Mall Shooter Could be at Large

Hoover police issued a statement Friday night indicating the shooter who injured two people at the Riverchase Galleria mall in a shooting Thanksgiving night could be at large. Police shot and killed a 21-year-old Hueytown man who police say fled the scene of the shooting, but wasn't likely the one who fired shots injuring two people at the mall on that busy shopping night.

Shooting at The Galleria Leaves One Dead

A shooting at the Riverchase Galleria mall on Thanksgiving night left the gunman dead and at least two wounded on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.