Hoover PD arrest protesters in connection to last week’s I-459 shutdown

Hoover police arrest protester

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Hoover police have arrested a second person who they say was part of a protest last week that briefly closed I-459.

Andy Baer was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in connection to an incident last Tuesday when protesters exited their vehicles on I-459, causing the interstate to briefly close. He bonded out of jail Sunday.

Andy Baer was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in the protests that temporarily shut down I-459.
Andy Baer was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in the protests that temporarily shut down I-459.

Mark Myles, 36, was also arrested at Riverchase Galleria on Sunday on an outstanding warrant, Myles was extradited to another jurisdiction on outstanding warrants.

The City of Hoover and the Hoover Police Department issued this joint statement regarding the arrests:

“Regarding the protests, the City of Hoover has stated consistently our support for each individual’s right to peacefully assemble. However, some of these protests have taken an unsafe turn and violent or otherwise dangerous actions that have the potential to threaten or injure our residents and visitors will not be allowed. We continue to support the community’s right to safely protest, while at the same time maintaining the safety of our entire community. Individuals violating the law will be prosecuted.”

Le’Darius Hilliard of the Justice League, the organization organizing the protests also responded to the arrests:

“It’s sad when the elected and appointed officials as well as Police officers whom we all as tax payers  (sic) pay to protect and serve and advocate for us tries to paint the picture as if the protesters are a (sic) angry riot mob that’s not true at all. Falsifying charges on us won’t help the Protests will continue no matter how they try to intimidate us.”
Mark Myles (Source: Hoover City Jail)
Mark Myles (Source: Hoover City Jail) (Source: Hoover City Jail)

Myles is the third person arrested this week in connection to protesting the fatal shooting of Emantic Bradford Jr. Thanksgiving night at Riverchase Galleria.

Last Thursday, 48-year-old Susan DiPrizio of Vestavia Hills was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, a Hoover city official says. Police responded to a call that DiPrizio was in front of Hoover City Hall, throwing Christmas ornaments into traffic on Highway 31. A city official says that DiPrizio told authorities she was doing this in connection to protests seeking justice for Bradford’s death.

Anne Diprizio (Source: Hoover City Jail)
Anne Diprizio (Source: Hoover City Jail) (Source: Hoover City Jail)

Bradford was shot and killed by an Hoover police officer Thanksgiving night after a shooting inside the mall. You can read more about the fatal shooting and investigation here.

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