EJ Bradford’s parents, others file suit for release of video footage and documents

Bradford family files lawsuit

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) -The parents of the man shot and killed by a Hoover police officer Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria are suing Alabama’s attorney general and the Hoover Police Department.

Bradford’s parents, family attorney Ben Crump, the ACLU of Alabama and the Alabama NAACP have filed a lawsuit seeking the release of body camera footage, surveillance footage and documents regarding the shooting.

Attorney General Steve Marshall says he has released all of the video investigators can at this point.

"They have sent us a highly edited video and we want to see the full events of what happened. We are honestly surprised that the attorney general clipped videos in the way he did," said ACLU attorney Brock Boone.

“The Attorney General’s Office is preparing a response to the lawsuit and will file it in court at the appropriate time. We have no further comment,” said Mike Lewis, communications director for the AG office.

Birmingham attorney Roger Appell is not connected to the case but offers insight.

“It appears to me that the plaintiffs have a good case,” Appell said. “Every citizen has a right to public records.”

According to Appell, Alabama public records laws have many exceptions.

“The defendants in this case are going to have to say is that they fit within the exceptions, saying that they do not have to release (the requested information) because the statute says (they are exempt based off of specific clauses)," said Appell. "That’s what the litigation is going to be all about.”

Appell says the Bradford family has a two year window to file a civil lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out.

The city of Hoover released the following statement about the filing:

“The lawsuit filed today by the Alabama ACLU, the Alabama NAACP, and the parents of E. J. Bradford against Alabama’s Attorney General and the Chief of Police for the City of Hoover seeks the production of videos and other records related to a shooting event on November 22, 2018. The Attorney General has stated that most of the records requested, including all of the requested videos, are not subject to disclosure due to an ongoing criminal investigation and/or prosecution of Erron Brown. The City of Hoover will not produce any records that could compromise the ongoing criminal investigation or put the safety of the City’s police officers at risk. The City will respond to the lawsuit in a timely manner.”

WBRC has filed records requests for the Hoover PD’s policies and all of the video.

A judge will have the final say on if all the evidence should be released.

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