‘Hoover murdered EJ Bradford’: 4 arrested at Galleria after Black Friday protest

Alabama News

Protesters release a banner in the Riverchase Galleria on Black Friday. (Courtesy of Satura Dudley)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Police arrested four people inside the Riverchase Galleria on Black Friday following a peaceful protest of the Thanksgiving 2018 death of EJ Bradford.

Video posted on social media showed multiple protesters inside the mall shouting “Hoover murdered EJ” and “Black lives matter.” Eventually, the protesters can be seen unfurling a banner from the mall’s second floor that said “HOOVER MURDERED EJ BRADFORD #HooverWrong #EJBradford.”

Bradford was shot and killed by Officer David Alexander on Thankgiving Day in 2018.

The Alabama Attorney General’s Office concluded that Alexander’s actions were “reasonable” and no charges were filed against the officer. Activists and Bradford’s family disagree with the decision.

On Friday, Satura Dudley, an activist who helped organize the protest, said Frances Wallace, Felicia Scalzetti, Dannie Plott and Chelsea Sims were the individuals taken into police custody.

Around 1 p.m., Dudley posted a live video from Hoover City Jail, where she is coordinating the posting of bail for the protesters.

Hoover police and city jail officials refused comment by phone Friday. Mike White, general manager of the Galleria, said over the phone he did not wish to comment on the story.

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