Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the Hoover officials to release tapes from a shot-dead police and hold the officer accountable, victim of 21-year-old Emantic Bradford Jr.'s laudation for a young man shot dead on Thanksgiving Day fell at the services on Saturday morning spoke Bradford, who is black and died after a fire broke out in the Riverchase Galleria. The authorities said he had a gun and was close to the scene.
Initial reports Bradford incorrectly identified as the shooter who had injured two people. Later, officials said Bradford did not fire his gun and arrest another man.
"We'll make the tape public," Jackson said. "We want transparency, not cover-up. Tell the whole story, tell it now. We want justice now. We want fairness now.
Jackson referred to the long history of civil rights in Birmingham and Alabama and the recent Black Lives Matter movement. He preached about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the four little girls who were killed in a bomb attack at Baptist Church on 1
The images of these battles and the bloodshed, by EJ Bradford joins these ranks, "said Jackson.
Jackson said Bradford would not be forgotten, a promise to continue to fight for information about the shootout.  "Innocent. "Blood has power," Jackson said.
On Thanksgiving, police said Bradford was the shooter who injured two other people in the mall. A day later, they announced Bradford did not hit the bullets that had hit a 12-year-old boy, an 18-year-old.
"Even a young black man without a criminal record serving as a caregiver to his father is still a threat," Jackson said.
Friends remembered Bradford as a generous and faithful companion. 19659002] "Everyone called EJ," a friend said. "He was always on call.
His father, Emantic Bradford Sr., is fighting cancer. When he was diagnosed, he said he had seen a change in his son.
"When I got sick, I knew my son was turning the corner and became responsible," said Bradford Sr. "The shoe was on the other foot. He was looking for me. My child was a good kid.
He burst into tears as he talked about his son's loss.
"The years I spent with him were 21 good years," his father said. "To this day, he is always my hero I miss my baby and his mother, I miss it too. "
History has made national headlines, activists demanding the release of video footage have held protests throughout Hoover – including the mall.
One Activist Carlos Chaverst Jr. said demonstrations and calls for information are based on past civil rights struggles. [Heute] We no longer dream of this better world, we build it, "said Chaverst." How long must we suffer "How long do we have to see a family grieve this way?"
The funeral took place one Saturday morning at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, and the mourners wept as they spoke Bradford's open casket stopped. More than 1,000 people arrived in Boutwell to honor his life and his memory. Bradford was a member of Rock City Church, which streamed the service live on the Internet.
Lashunda Scales, commissioner of Jefferson County, said the community must come together.
does not want to have, "said Scales. "This is not just a black thing. It's not just a white thing. It's a humane thing.
The Hoover Police Department has handed over footage to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which investigates the shootings. The city has not posted any information about the officers involved in the shootings, but said that the person who fired the fatal shot was disabled during the investigation.