Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. (EJ) was murdered by Hoover police officers at the Galleria Mall on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22), 2018. After shots rang out at the mall, EJ was shot from behind three times by an officer while running away from the scene with a firearm. He was then falsely named the shooter by Hoover Police to news stations worldwide - damaging a dead man's reputation before his family was even informed of his death. He was only 21 years old.
The Galleria proceeded to open at 6 am the next day to make sure they didn't miss out on Black Friday profits. Over the following weeks, EJ's family was joined by protestors demanding transparency and justice. The Hoover Police Department, Mayor Frank Brocato, and the Hoover City Council spent their energy suppressing these voices. Police spent weeks arresting non-violent protestors as they demanded justice throughout the city.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) was given evidence of the shooting and only showed the family and their attorneys one partial clip. Attorney General Steve Marshall further extended the injustice towards EJ Bradford by denying the case from appearing before a grand jury. Nearly two years later, we are still fighting for transparency in this case, justice for EJ's family, and the dropping of charges against all non-violent protestors. David Alexander still remains as an officer at the Hoover Police Department.