Hoover, Alabama officials rejected the allegation that there’s a policing problem in the city, all but ignoring one of the complaints from demonstrators who are protesting the police killing of Emantic “EJ” Bradford, Jr. on Thanksgiving night in a shopping mall.S
On Monday, City Administrator Allan Rice cast doubt on allegations that the Hoover Police Department engages in racial profiling, the Hoover Sun reported.
“We do not have a documented pattern of complaints based on racial disparity and how we police the city. It just doesn’t exist,” he stated, adding that demonstrators are emotional and “piling on with the current circumstances” surrounding the police shooting.
Rice’s comments stem from a private meeting he and Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato had on Monday with Birmingham Justice League leader Iva Williams III and an intermediary to discuss escalating tensions between protesters and the police. Williams called for a temporary suspension of demonstrations on Tuesday after having a productive dialogue.
Despite the denial of policing problems, the city administrator said he was ready to listen to other views.
“We don’t see it, but maybe we need an outside set of eyes to come in and work through and compare our statistics to other like communities,” he added.