Shooting update: Hoover police arrest protestors, victim’s family sees video

Published 1:27 pm Thursday, December 13, 2018


HOOVER – Two protestors were arrested, and the family of the man killed by Hoover police was allowed to watch video footage of the incidents in the latest developments in the Thanksgiving Day incident at the Riverchase Galleria.

Emantic Bradford Jr. was shot and killed by Hoover police responding to another shooting at the mall on Thursday, Nov. 22, during a shopping rush.

Bradford’s family’s attorney, and even Hoover officials, have called for the release of police body cam and surveillance footage, but the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which is investigating the incident, said such a release could hinder the investigation.

However, according to information released by the city on Monday, Dec. 10, the victim’s family was shown video footage.

“We were pleased that the family was given a chance to view it as requested,” read the city’s statement. “All of us are keeping the Bradford family in our thoughts and prayers for their tragic loss. As we cooperate with the ongoing investigation, we’re also focused on the continued dialogue with residents, as well as community and faith leaders, around bringing our city together. We will also continue to pray for the other individuals who were injured or affected by the events on Nov. 22.”

Hoover also announced in the release that two protestors, who had outstanding warrants, were arrested on Dec. 9 after blocking an interstate highway.

“This is a serious public safety concern for everyone,” the release stated. “Police had arrested another individual for a separate incident on Hwy. 31 earlier last week. We have consistently stated that we will not allow roads and highways to be blocked by protestors because it is hazardous and jeopardizes the safety of all citizens and visitors to Hoover.”

Hoover said the update provided on Dec. 10 would be the last weekly update until new information is available.