City leaders in the Alabama town where a cop shot Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. on Thanksgiving night seemed to care more about guarding against a lawsuit than seeking justice in the killing of an innocent Black man who many were calling a hero.
Members of the Hoover City Council spoke privately about the “legal ramifications” of the police-involved shooting on Tuesday after a quick two-minute public hearing, WVTM-TV reported.
Their unanimous decision to meet behind closed doors came just one day after Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato vowed to share information with the public about the fatal shooting.
“We will be transparent throughout the course of this investigation,” Brocato promised in a statement to the media, adding a plea “for patience” in the ongoing investigation.
However, city officials promptly turned over the investigation to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), which will determine when — or if — the public will see video evidence from the shooting, as well as whether to identify the officers involved.
We’ve seen this talk about transparency before. In one recent case, the Texas Rangers conveniently took over the Dallas Police Department’s investigation of the white cop who shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man, in his own apartment in September. In that instance, the Rangers reportedly postponed pursuing a warrant against former Officer Amber Guyger to follow up on information she told them — a courtesy that most suspects never receive after a police chief called for an arrest. Her identity was withheld as she roamed free for days before she was allowed to quickly surrender to authorities before being released.
An officer shot Bradford while responding to a mall shooting, gunning down the Black man on sight based instinctive and implicit racial bias. Police announced immediately after the killing that Bradford was the mall shooter before admitting its avoidable error when it was later found out that Bradford’s gun had not been fired, prompting police to change its story. Some witnesses have said the 21-year-old veteran was helping others escape the shooting.
Bradford’s family has demanded the release of mall video, witness videos and body camera footage of Bradford’s death.
However, the mayor’s idea of transparency doesn’t include the immediate release of videos.
Also troubling, investigators said the actual shooter escaped. But they have been silent about a possible identity or the shooter’s whereabouts.
Meanwhile, the family’s attorney Ben Crump announced that he planned to join the Alabama NAACP and the National Action Network for a town hall meeting to seek justice for Bradford. The meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night at the historic 16th Baptist Church in Birmingham where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was once the pastor.
54 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
1. Willie McCoy, 201 of 54
2. Emantic "EJ" Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 212 of 54
3. Jemel Roberson, 26Source:false 3 of 54
4. DeAndre Ballard, 23Source:false 4 of 54
5. Botham Shem Jean, 26Source:false 5 of 54
6. Antwon Rose Jr., 17Source:false 6 of 54
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8. Anthony Lamar Smith, 24Source:Getty 8 of 54
9. Ramarley Graham, 18Source:Getty 9 of 54
10. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31Source:Getty 10 of 54
11. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty 11 of 54
12. Wendell Allen, 20Source:Getty 12 of 54
13. Kendrec McDade, 19Source:Getty 13 of 54
14. Larry Jackson Jr., 32Source:Getty 14 of 54
15. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Getty 15 of 54
16. Jordan Baker, 26Source:Getty 16 of 54
17. Victor White lll, 22Source:Getty 17 of 54
18. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Getty 18 of 54
19. Eric Garner, 43Source:Getty 19 of 54
20. John Crawford lll, 22Source:Getty 20 of 54
21. Michael Brown, 18Source:Getty 21 of 54
22. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Getty 22 of 54
23. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty 23 of 54
24. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Getty 24 of 54
25. Laquan McDonald, 17Source:Getty 25 of 54
26. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty 26 of 54
27. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Getty 27 of 54
28. Rumain Brisbon, 34Source:Getty 28 of 54
29. Jerame Reid, 36Source:Getty 29 of 54
30. Charly Keunang, 43Source:Getty 30 of 54
31. Tony Robinson, 19Source:Getty 31 of 54
32. Walter Scott, 50Source:Getty 32 of 54
33. Freddie Gray, 25Source:Getty 33 of 54
34. Brendon Glenn, 29Source:Getty 34 of 54
35. Samuel DuBose, 43Source:Getty 35 of 54
36. Christian Taylor, 19Source:Getty 36 of 54
37. Jamar Clark, 24Source:Getty 37 of 54
38. Mario Woods, 26Source:Getty 38 of 54
39. Quintonio LeGrier, 19Source:Getty 39 of 54
40. Gregory Gunn, 58Source:Getty 40 of 54
41. Akiel Denkins, 24Source:Getty 41 of 54
42. Alton Sterling, 37Source:Getty 42 of 54
43. Philando Castile, 32Source:Getty 43 of 54
44. Terrence Sterling, 31Source:Getty 44 of 54
45. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Getty 45 of 54
46. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Getty 46 of 54
47. Alfred Olango, 38Source:Getty 47 of 54
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52. Patrick Harmon, 5052 of 54
53. Jonathan Hart, 2153 of 54
54. Maurice Granton, 2454 of 54
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