Following the 2018 police shooting of E.J. Bradford, Jr., a Black man killed by a police officer in Hoover, the ACLU of Alabama and Alabama NAACP jointly filed public records requests in six Alabama jurisdictions: Birmingham, Hoover, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, and Saraland.
We asked for their use-of-force policies, body cam policies, and racial bias training materials. As of March 2019, we have only received some of the Hoover and Saraland Police Department policies, and we have received notices from the Birmingham and Montgomery Police Departments that they are preparing to send theirs. We will continue to update this page as we collect more documents.
The excessive and oftentimes lethal force by law enforcement towards Black and Brown people is an epidemic in this country, and we must take pro-active steps to change the internal cultures of police departments. To that end, these documents are being collected so that all community members can be aware of their police department's policies are currently, and so that we can advocate for reform of those policies when they are deficient or outdated. It is imperative that Alabama law enforcement be held to high standards of openness and transparency that we should expect from all levels of government.
Hoover Police Department
*with annotations from ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Carl Takei
- Hoover PD Rules and Regs
- Hoover PD SOP 1900.01 UOF Guidelines for Less Lethal Force
- Hoover PD SOP 1900.02 UOF Levels of Control
- Hoover PD SOP 1900.03 UOF Levels of Resistance
- Hoover PD SOP 1900.04 UOF Deadly Force
- Hoover PD SOP 1900.05 UOF UOF Firearms Discharge Review Board
- Hoover PD SOP 900.01 Prof Stds Overview
- Hoover PD SOP 900.02 Prof Stds Officer Involved Shooting
- Hoover PD SOP 900.03 Prof Stds Levels of Resistance Reporting
- Hoover PD SOP 100.03 Biased Policing
- Hoover PD SOP 100.18 Body Worn Cameras
Saraland Police Department
More information about the E.J. Bradford lawsuit is here: aclualabama.org/justiceforej
Page last revised: March 8, 2019