Hoover protest leader recruiting help from Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago
Carlos Chaverst, Jr., the self-proclaimed leader of protesting in Hoover, is calling for activists to come to Alabama from Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago and potentially more areas that have been affected by rioting in recent years.
In a Facebook post just after noon on Friday, Chaverst wrote, “Calling ALL activist and organizers from Baltimore, Chicago, Ferguson, Florida, etc. ITS TIME!! We need y’all here in Hoover, NOW!!”
“There will be a organizing [sic] conference call Sunday night. Details released tomorrow,” he added.
In another post shortly beforehand, Chaverst claimed that protesters would take to Hoover High School after 1:15 p.m. on Friday.
Chaverst threatened to go to the school last week but failed to show up. The City of Hoover and the Hoover Police Department have previously said that protesting at city schools will not be tolerated.
Also on Friday, the Nation of Islam’s leader in Birmingham, Tremon Muhammad, wrote, “When the INSANITY comes, you only have yourselves to Blame.”
Muhammad represents Louis Farrakhan in the state. The Nation of Islam is leading the boycott efforts in Hoover, while Chaverst spearheads the protests themselves. Muhammad has explained that he and his members cannot be on the protest frontline because they do “not subscribe to the theory of nonviolence.”
The protest and boycott efforts in Hoover are in response to the officer-involved shooting death of E.J. Bradford on Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria. 18-year-old Brian Wilson and 12-year-old Molly Davis were also shot during the incident.
Investigations are currently underway by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). SBI is a division of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). Erron Brown has been arrested and charged with attempted murder already for allegedly shooting Wilson.
Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office exercised jurisdiction of all three shooting cases on Thursday.
Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn