HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Two Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa guards suffered minor injuries during a protest at the hotel Thursday night, according to a Hoover city employee.
Hoover City Administrator Allan Rice confirmed the injuries to WBRC Friday morning.
The guards were trying to prevent protesters from entering the hotel during a Thursday night demonstration. One of the security guards told WBRC that he broke his wrist while trying to hold the doors closed, trying to prevent protesters from reaching the first floor of guest rooms, per a request from Hoover police.
Protesters then made their way upstairs and into the guest quarters. The security guard we talked with says fire alarms were pulled on both the fifth and sixth floors of the hotel.
Hoover police arrived on the scene and told the guard not let anyone else in the stairwell. While standing guard, a protester forced his way into the stairwell causing the guard to suffer a sprained ankle. He went to the hospital for x-rays and was put on crutches until the swelling goes down.
Police on the scene asked protesters to leave and they did.
Protests have continued through the city in the wake of the shooting death of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. by a Hoover police officer responding to a fight and another shooting in the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving night.
Protest leader Carlos Chaverst disputes how the guards sustained their injuries.
“Nobody touched them,” he said. “If they are injured, they injured themselves.”
Hoover city officials say charges have been filed.