Hoover protesters call off protests for the night after meeting with city leaders

Protests called off after talks with city

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Protests were called of Tuesday night in Hoover.

Lead protesters talked with the city’s mayor and administrator to discuss their concerns. Protesters with the Justice League said they’ve come to some type of common ground on some of those issues.

They had a big protest lined up for Tuesday night, but after this productive meeting with the city, it’s been called off.

Hoover protesters call off protests for the night after meeting with city leaders
Hoover protesters call off protests for the night after meeting with city leaders (Source: WBRC Fox6 News)

There were no megaphones or chanting, all because of a talk behind closed doors with Hoover mayor Frank Brocato and city administrator Allan Rice.

“They were very thoughtful,” said Iva Williams with the Justice League. “They heard what we had to say and they made notes. It was just a really productive conversation.”

Iva Williams with the Justice League
Iva Williams with the Justice League (Source: WBRC Fox6 News)

Williams said he now feels very encouraged and positive about the future of their relationship with the city.

It’s been about a month after a Hoover police officer shot and killed E-J Bradford Jr. at the Galleria Thanksgiving night.

“We’re not saying that it’s over with Hoover, we’re just saying that we’re hopeful that this conversation will continue to produce fruit, and that we will have a good outcome from it,” Williams said.

Williams said protesters will still push for Attorney General Steve Marshall to return the case to Jefferson County, and to allow Bessemer Cut-Off District Attorney Lynneice Washington to handle the case.

If that doesn’t happen, protesters want the U.S. Attorney from the Northern District to take over.

Mayor Frank Brocato met with protesters Monday
Mayor Frank Brocato met with protesters Monday (Source: WBRC Fox6 News)

But as far Hoover goes, Williams said their meeting is a great start.

“I feel confident in our relationship getting better and stronger,” said Williams. “I think we will all be strengthened, I think we will all be safer, and I think we can all work together. I cannot say that same thing when it comes to the state of Alabama and the overall prosecution and the handling of this investigation.”

We spoke with Hoover city administrator Allan Rice over the phone.

City Administrator Allan Rice met with protesters Monday
City Administrator Allan Rice met with protesters Monday (Source: WBRC Fox6 News)

He said the city is always open to constructive conversations going forward.

The Justice League said there will be a news conference Wednesday afternoon, but the group hasn’t figured out a time and place.

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