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Local Faith Leaders and Community Organizations To Hold Vigil Remembering EJ Bradford And Calling On Hoover Police to Provide A Transparent Investigation

(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 11/26/2018) — Today, the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) and a group of interfaith organizations, community members, and religious leaders will hold a vigil at Veteran’s Park to remember EJ Bradford, who was shot and killed by Hoover police on Thanksgiving at the Galleria mall. Bradford was a veteran and was spending the Holidays with his family. There will also be a press conference demanding answers and accountability from the Hoover Police Department after they claimed Bradford was a shooter only to reverse their story and admit that they killed the wrong person. 

See: https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2018/11/family-of-man-killed-by-police-in-alabama-mall

WHAT: Vigil for EJ Bradford and Press Conference About Hoover Police Shooting
WHEN: Monday, November 26th at 4:00 pm 
WHERE: Veteran’s Park, 4800 Valleydale Rd, Meadowbrook, AL 35242

CONTACT: Ali Massoud, 262-501-1331, amassoud@cairalabama.org

The faith leaders said, “We lament the killing of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, known to his friends as EJ… There are many details of this killing that we do not know yet. But we are intimately familiar with the story of violence in the human family, and the way that violence in this country falls disproportionately on black and brown bodies.” 

They specified that their calls for accountability from the Hoover Police Department seek answers to the following questions:

1) What is the protocol for confronting an armed suspect? What is the protocol following a suspect being shot and incapacitated? Is first aid administered while waiting for paramedics?
2) Was protocol followed in this case?
3) If that protocol was not followed, what are the consequences?
4) Have officers in the Hoover police department had implicit bias training? What does the curriculum for that training look like?
5) What policies and procedures are being put in place at this time in order to assure that this doesn’t happen in our community again?

The faith leaders also said, “As faith and justice leaders, we want to let our community and elected leaders know: People of faith understand that law enforcement and criminal justice are faith issues. Our scriptures and wisdom traditions affirm that justice is rooted in God’s love for all people. If our law enforcement system and criminal justice system are disproportionately harming black and brown people, it is a concern for every person of faith, because it goes against the spiritual truth that we are all children of God. Our faith and moral code compels us to push for concrete changes in policies, to dismantle systemic racism and create a community in which we are free from the fear of gun violence.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 

CONTACT: Government Affairs Coordinator, Ali Massoud at amassoud@cairalabama.org  

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