The Mayor of Hoover, Alabama has called for patience in the aftermath of the killing of 21-year-old The Mayor of Hoover, Alabama has called for patience in the aftermath of the killing of 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr at the hands of the Hoover police.

Residents of Hoover have taken to the streets, demanding answers and for the surveillance video to be released. The police department has already admitted that Bradford did not fire the shots which injured an 18-year-old during a conflict as well as a 12-year-old bystander in the Riverchase Galleria Mall.

Mayor Frank Brocato‘s statement read:

 “We ask for patience as we continue to support ALEA (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency) in its investigation of last Thursday’s tragic events, including pursuit of the shooter who still remains at large. Law enforcement has certain information about this individual and asks the public to provide ALEA with any available details that may hasten an arrest. There’s honestly not a lot we can say at this point since the investigation is not in the City’s hands.”

The Hoover police do not seem ready to claim full responsibility for the wrongful death.

They state that they can "say with certainty Mr. Bradford brandished a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene." The statement continued, "We extend sympathy to the family of Emantic J. Bradford of Hueytown, who was shot and killed during Hoover Police efforts to secure the scene in the seconds following the original altercation and shooting. The loss of human life is a tragedy under any circumstances."

Bradford did have a permit to carry a gun.

 

Residents of Hoover have taken to the streets, demanding answers and for the surveillance video to be released. The police department has already admitted that Bradford did not fire the shots which injured an 18-year-old during a conflict as well as a 12-year-old bystander in the Riverchase Galleria Mall.

Mayor Frank Brocato‘s statement read:

 “We ask for patience as we continue to support ALEA (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency) in its investigation of last Thursday’s tragic events, including pursuit of the shooter who still remains at large. Law enforcement has certain information about this individual and asks the public to provide ALEA with any available details that may hasten an arrest. There’s honestly not a lot we can say at this point since the investigation is not in the City’s hands.”

The Hoover police do not seem ready to claim full responsibility for the wrongful death.

They state that they can "say with certainty Mr. Bradford brandished a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene." The statement continued, "We extend sympathy to the family of Emantic J. Bradford of Hueytown, who was shot and killed during Hoover Police efforts to secure the scene in the seconds following the original altercation and shooting. The loss of human life is a tragedy under any circumstances."

Bradford did have a permit to carry a gun.