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Activists Take Over Street In Front Of Mayor’s House To Protest Mall Shooting

A group of citizens protesting the shooting of Emantic Bradford Jr. showed up at the mayor's house on Tuesday night.

Hoover, AL – Protesters surrounded the mayor of Hoover’s house demanding answers to their questions about the shooting at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving.

The chaotic incident began just before 10 p.m., when an unidentified armed man began fighting with an 18-year-old male on the second level of the Riverchase Galleria mall, near JC Penney and Footaction, CNN reported.

It was unclear what led up to the physical altercation, which ended abruptly when the gunman shot the younger man twice in the torso.

A 12-year-old girl standing nearby was also hit by one of the bullets.

“We do not believe at this point the 18-year-old was armed,” Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector told CNN at the time.

The department “already had multiple officers working at the mall for traffic control and police presence inside,” Capt. Rector told FOX News.

Emantic Bradford Jr., 21, was fleeing the scene with “brandishing a handgun” when he was confronted by two uniformed Hoover police officers, The Birmingham News reported.

“One of our officers did engage that individual and shot him,” Hoover Police Chief Nick Dezris said. “He was dead on the scene.”

Both shooting victims were rushed to a local hospital, CNN reported.

The 12-year-old girl underwent surgery, and was listed in stable condition as of Friday morning.

“[She] does not have life-threatening injuries,” Capt. Rector said.

The 18-year-old man was listed in serious condition, according to police.

After the investigation started, it was determined that Bradford hadn’t shot the male victim.

The officer who shot Bradford has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the officer-involved shooting investigation, which is being handled by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Initially, Bradford was identified as the son of a Birmingham police officer, and a combat engineer in the U.S. Army, according to Daily Mail. However, it was later revealed that he had received a general discharge from the Army while he was still in training, and was never a soldier.

A crowd of about 100 supporters participated in prayer service with Bradford’s family at 16th Street Baptist Church on Tuesday night, AL.com reported.

His mother, April Pipkins, collapsed while she was speaking and paramedics had to respond to the church to give aid.

Supporters made impassioned pleas for the Hoover Police Department to release bodycam video from the incident.

“Say no mo’! Release the video!” has become protestors’ “war cry,” attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Bradford family, told reporters.

Hoover police have said they turned over all video from the Thanksgiving shootings to the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation.

Supporters of the Bradford family have said they will continue to protest until the video is released.

After the prayer vigil at the church, about 35 protesters went to the home of Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato and took turns shouting through a megaphone.

The group vowed to return every night to the mayor’s home until the mayor gives them face time.

Protesters chanted “No justice, no peace” and “If we’re uncomfortable, then you are going to be uncomfortable” at the mayor’s house, but the mayor wasn’t home during the incident, AL.com reported.

They promised over their megaphones to continue to disturb Brocato’s neighbors’ sleep until they got answers, and shouted at black police officers, telling them they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

“We need to hear from you Mr. Mayor,” one of the men called out through the megaphone. “You let the media outlets run away with a story that was not true. We need to hear from you Mr. Mayor.”

Alabama NAACP President Bernard Simelton called on church leaders to join the protest, according to AL.com.

“Your work isn’t in the sanctuary. Your work is out in the community,” Simelton said.

Sandy Malone - November Wed, 2018


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