Brocato: Will Defend Our City, Officer

Hoover mayor Frank Brocato Wednesday pledged a vigorous defense of the city, a day after a policeman was cleared of wrongdoing in a fatal shooting. State attorney general Steve Marshall ruled that the shooting of Emantic "EJ" Bradford, Jr. at the Riverchase Galleria mall on Thanksgiving night was justified. An attorney for the family, Ben Crump, indicated that a wrongful death lawsuit would be filed. Brocato replies that the will be prepared for any litigation. "We will vigorously defend our city, and our police officer," Brocato said. Brocato also said the city has a plan to maintain order during any demonstrations. Protesters defaced and burned American flags hours outside City Hall after the attorney general's announcement Tuesday. Police officers looked on, but made no arrests. Two protesters were arrested Wednesday after failing to obey orders to disperse, during a demonstration outside Marshall's Montgomery office, authorities said.

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