A suspect from the Alabama Mall is arrested after a week of staggered police narratives


Erting Martez Dequan Brown, 20, was arrested Thursday at a parent's home in Fairburn, Georgia, said Frank Lempka, supervisor of the US Marshals.

Brown faces a charge of attempted murder committed on the night of Thanksgiving at Riverchase Galleria Mall, a high-end shopping mall in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham.

First, the Hoover police said that a 21-year-old suspect – later identified as Bradford – had shot and wounded an 18-year-old man and an innocent 12-year-old passerby.

Then the police said that Bradford probably had not pulled the trigger, but that he had brandished a gun.

Then they said that Bradford had a rifle in his hand, but he had not threatened to carry it. (The Bradford family lawyer stated that the young man had a legal license to carry a weapon.)

All this has led to more and more accusations of racial profiling and requests for answers. The case was assigned to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), which said on Wednesday that it would "not disclose information about ongoing criminal investigations".

The city asks the state to publish information

On Thursday, Hoover City officials held a press conference asking ALEA to disclose "limited information" about the case to the public. Council member Derrick Murphy said protesters were demonstrating outside the mayor's house this week.

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City officials did not specify the "limited information" that they wanted to see published by the state. But Murphy added that the city was asking the state to disclose this information Monday at noon.

"We also discussed a follow-up plan in the event that we do not receive the information by Monday noon," Murphy said. In this case, he said, Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis will decide "to disclose or not self-limited information".

When asked why municipal officials were not answering questions at Thursday's press conference, city administrator Allan Rice said they wanted to wait for Bradford's funeral on Saturday before to disclose any information relating to the investigation.

Rice said that he did not know what kind of limited information could be released on Monday.

But state investigators say they're not going to publish information prematurely.

"It is very likely that a premature disclosure of information, including video evidence, would have hindered the progress of the investigation so far, even to the point of deterring key witnesses." said ALEA in a statement.

"While other witnesses continue to be heard, it is imperative that the SBI (Office of State Investigations) continue to maintain the confidentiality of the information that officers obtain."

The Hoover officer who was working as a security guard at the mall when he killed Bradford is on administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation.

The accusation of attempted murder

Brown faces a charge of attempted murder in the murder of 18-year-old Brian Xavier Wilson at the mall.

Wilson and a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet recover from their injuries.

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"Additional charges are expected as the investigation progresses," said ALEA siad.

The relationship between the suspect and Wilson or Bradford is unclear.

Wilson's lawyer, John C. Robbins, issued a statement in which he extends his condolences to the Bradford family and calls for further dialogue on the police killing of several black men.

"The Wilson family hopes that this tragic event will lead to a real, open and honest dialogue not only between the African-American community and the police, but also the entire community must be involved in this discussion," wrote Robbins.

"The foolish shootings of young black men by the police must stop, but they will not stop until there is no rational and productive communication between the whole community and the police, which is charged with protecting this community. "

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